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Conclusion

The current lack of structured school-based mental health services in Nigeria, though disheartening, presents an opportunity for the bottom-up creation and integration of a programme with the highest potential for relevance and impact. To ensure resource sharing and enhanced visibility, the programme should be situated within the current framework for school-based health programmes in Nigeria. Needs assessments are vital to ensure cultural contextu- alisation of programmes, and to enhance acceptability, relevance and impact. Personal and communal resilience-enhancing interventions and engagement with community-based resources, especially faith-based organisations, should be the general direction of programme.

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