Mental Health Awareness and Access: Challenges for Insurgence Victims in Nigeria Local Communities

  • Ifedayo G. Malachi
  • Jesutomi A. Oyediran
  • Ayodeji T. Omodara
  • Vincent A. Esan
  • Faith O. Malachi
Keywords: Insurgence, Victims, Mental Health, Awareness, Accessibility, Local Communities


This study draws on the fieldwork in fifteen local communities at the early stages of stability from the violent actions of bandits, IPOB and boko-haram insurgence in Nigeria. It adopts an inter-sectional approach to interrogate the embodied experience of victims and their relations on mental health access and the point at which (dis)continuity and contradiction occur due to the social dynamics shaping accessibility barriers. The study finds the differences in the situatedness between men and women on the geographical and financial accessibility to mental health, but also with respect to the acceptability and availability of health services in local communities. Victims rely on their multiple and converging identities to creatively negotiate access to mental health, albeit within an overstretched health system. The socially imposed identity such as ‘the weak’ for women versus ‘the powerful’ for men, though constantly contested and mobilized at different point in time, present women with the privileged social positioning to negotiate access to health information and services than men. However, such a social positioning turns out to encamp the privileged women in that it creates a false sense of identity and immobility, which, in and of itself, constitutes barriers to mental health. The study argues that situatedness matters in the analysis of the victims’ experience on mental health access in local communities. Overall, it contributes to the empirical and theoretical discussions on the rights to health and wellbeing among the Persons of Concern to the United Nations Commissioner for Victims (UNCHR) in local states.


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Malachi, I. G., Oyediran, J. A., Omodara, A. T., Esan, V. A., & Malachi, F. O. (2024). Mental Health Awareness and Access: Challenges for Insurgence Victims in Nigeria Local Communities. European Journal of Science, Innovation and Technology, 4(2), 366-381. Retrieved from