Our History

The Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) was established in **1969** and officially inaugurated in **1970**. It is a professional body that represents psychiatrists in Nigeria, working within government establishments, university systems, and federal and state government-owned hospitals¹. The APN is committed to providing mental, emotional, and behavioral support, with values such as confidentiality, empathy, respect, cultural sensitivity, and evidence-based practice at its core.
They offer expertise in various areas including anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia¹. The APN also has a Geriatric Psychiatry section, which focuses on the mental health of older adults in Nigeria, aiming to ensure better mental health for this demographic through training, advocacy, policy development, and service provision.

Our services

The Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) provides a range of services aimed at improving mental health care in Nigeria.

These services include:

  • Clinical Services: Offering diagnosis, treatment, and management of various mental health conditions.
  • Education and Training: Providing training for medical students, residents, and practicing psychiatrists to ensure up-to-date practices in psychiatry.
  • Research: Conducting research to advance the understanding of mental health issues and improve treatment methods.
  • Advocacy: Working to influence public policy and legislation related to mental health care.
  • Public Awareness: Raising awareness about mental health issues and reducing stigma through public education campaigns.
  • Support and Guidance: Offering support to patients and their families, as well as guidance on accessing mental health services.

These services are designed to support the mental well-being of individuals and communities, and to promote professional development within the field of psychiatry in Nigeria. For specific programs or initiatives, it’s best to contact the APN directly or visit their official website for the most current information.