Victor Ugo

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Service User Representative/Advocate
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Victor is the founder of Nigeria's and one of Africa’s largest user-led youth mental health network, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative; with over 1500 active volunteers and chapters in 15 out of 36 states in Nigeria. In his role at the forefront of mental health in Nigeria his organisation won the 2017 Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel innovation award for the best civil society organisation and has been inducted as one of the 100 sparks of hope across the world by The Elders (an organisation of past world leaders founded by Nelson Mandela). Among other first-of-its-kind projects he’s worked on is the setup of the most active distress hotline in the country with over 15,000 interventions in 28 months. Victor is the Nigerian representative for the Global Mental Health Peer Network as well as the Nigerian lead for the United for Global Mental Health’s country led advocacy and policy campaign – Speak Your Mind.

Policy and legislation
Empowerment and service user involvement
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Disorders of interest: 
All disorders

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Seminar: Rebalancing Power in Global Mental Health

This symposium marked the Centre for Global Mental Health's 10 year anniversary and explored the historical dominance in the global north of knowledge generation in global health.
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Health promotion
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MANI Virtual Conference 2018 Podcast

Virtual summit on “Mental Health, Social Media and Technology."