What is Depression?

Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. Depression can happen to anyone. It is NOT a sign of weakness. It can be treated with Psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both.

Signs and Symptoms

People with depression normally have several of the following: 

*Loss of energy

*A change in appetite

*sleeping more or less


*Reduced concentration



*Fear of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness

*Thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Self Help Tips

• Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Most people feel better after talking to someone who cares about them.

• Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.

• Remember that with the right help, you can get better.

• Keep up with activities that you used to enjoy when you were well.

• Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.

• Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.

• Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.

• Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you do usually.

• Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.

• If you feel suicidal, contact someone for help immediately.”

Contributing Factors

Depression results from a complex interaction of social, psychological, genetic and biological factors. People who have gone through adverse life events (unemployment, bereavement, psychological trauma) are more likely to develop depression. Depression can, in turn, lead to more stress and dysfunction and worsen the affected person’s life situation and depression itself.”

Social Media Campaign & General Awareness

This phase would consist of individuals using their personal social medial pages to publicize the awareness campaign. A documentary would also be filmed, showcasing the effects of this illness, symptoms etc. 

Duration - One Month.

Awareness Programme

This day would consist of specialized informative forums that would be segmented into Behavioral monitoring, genetics, nutrition and self-help tips. We would have top specialists in the field (including psychiatrists and psychologists who would stand in as panelists to educate an interested audience. Participation is free and we are targeting a total of 100 individuals.

Duration: One Day

Recovery & Activity Phase

In this phase, we plan to provide credible referrals to individuals who have expressed the need for psychological consultation. There would be a support and monitoring system in place to also ensure that the individuals are coping well. A series of exercise activities would be organized for interested participants as a means to encourage them to cultivate healthy physical habits such as exercise.

Watch Dr. Bolutife Oyatokun explain Depression

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Selection Criteria

  • Financial status
  • The number of dependents
  • Living conditions
  • Level of education
  • Character and general attitude towards life Aspirations

The Family

Originally from Benin Republic, the Agboolas migrated to Nigeria with the hope of making it. They left their parents in the remote village of Sakeete and moved to Lagos, were they decided to start afresh. Senior brother, Sunday, started work as a Vulcanizer and employed the help of Olamide to work as his assistant. “Kekere” as he is fondly called, transports himself from home in Oworonshoki to Victoria Island everyday. He packs his school uniform in his bag, finishes up his morning duties of washing cars and changes into his uniform to make it just in time for school before 8am. He is currently 11 years old and in primary 3. The financial situation of his family caused him to stay out of school for a number of years.After school, he returns to continue his day job and does not leave the park till around 8pm. He is very respectful, cheerful and well behaved.


The foundation presented the Agboolas with non-perishable food items such as rice, semovita, indomie, vegetable oil, salt, condiments, sugar, biscuits, bottles of juice, toiletries and clothes. In addition to these, the SEFoundation launched its scholarship scheme, and presented “Kekere” with an award of scholarship for his Education.

See what happened...

Children’s Day Party in Makoko Slum Lagos

What Happened...

On that day, the SEF team visited residents of the largest slum in Lagos, Nigeria: Makoko Slum, Yaba. Donations were received both in cash and kind and these were used to put together an amazing Children's day party for the Children in that Community. The party lasted for a couple of hours, with a music entertainer who was on ground to ensure that the kids had a blast. Games were played and lots of toys, party packs and food were distributed. They sure had a fantastic time...