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Kano To Host Freivan, SWIBODA, 1st National Sports Mental Health Dialogue

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Kano state will play host to the maiden edition of Nigeria’s National Sports mental health dialogue organized by Freivan in collaboration with Sports Without Borders Development Association, FreIvan Services UK , country director, Joseph Andishu has said.

Mr Andishu addressing sports journalists at the mixed zone at Sani Abacha stadium Kano, Tuesday said the dialogue is a pilot move towards kick starting the process of developing the culture of giving prominence to issues related to sports mental health in Nigeria.

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He further said , sports health is a contemporary issue , adding that Nigeria should not be left behind in the area of paying critical attention to the mental well being of its sports actors and back room personels at all levels.

According him, Nigeria needs to commence the process of training qualified sports mental health practitioners as a way to further reap the benefits that are associated with what he described a as foremost global wealthy industry.

He explained that the one day Sports Mental health Dialogue fixed for September 30th in Kano will feature critical stakeholders drawn from various sports fields from across Nigeria.

He said the outcome of the dialogue will culminate to the charting national roadmap for sports mental health in Nigeria and help to address fundamental issues that are related ailments in the sports sector.

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In his words “we have taken the burden to go round and interact with stakeholder s in the sports industry in Nigeria, the outcome has been positive.

“the outcome of the dialogue in Kano, come 30th September will determine the way forward, however, it is imperative to state at this juncture that 20 persons will be selected to proceed for hybrid trainings on sports mental health.
“those who successfully complete the training will be internationally certified to give care as sports mental health first aid givers, this will add huge value to sports development and promotion in Nigeria.

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He added that the state of the mental healthiness of Nigeria athletes and the provision of quality mental health services to Nigeria athletes , their coaches, fans, referees and sports journalists inclusive is core to the growth of the sports sector.

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