The United Bank for Africa (UBA)’s corporate social responsibility arm, UBA Foundation, has called for more awareness on mental health issues, saying that this will help to boost productivity, especially in the work place. The Foundation made the call during its “Mental health awareness week” in Lagos. Speaking at the event yesterday, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, noted that although people in this part of the world are generally reluctant to discuss mental health issues, the problem has been brought to the fore by COVID-19.
He said: “It (mental health) is something that everyone knows but nobody one wants to talk about it; people think its bad. From my experience I have seen people with this kind of challenge come to work. So I told members of the board of trustees of the UBA Foundation, especially given that Covid brought out this problem, that may be we should take on this so that people should be very free, to talk about it, because a problem identified is half way solved.” Continuing, he said: “We need to tackle it especially in the workplace because you can only get good productive people when you know how to manage the person.”
He commended members of the board of the trustees of the Foundation for agreeing to focus on the issue, adding that UBA would intensify its efforts to promote mental health awareness. “I’m happy that this has commenced and I know its going to go to different levels. We believe that given its importance and because we have over 20,000 staff across the globe, this was something we needed to pay attention to,” he noted.