An NGO, Straight Talk with Adesua, STD, on Sunday advised Nigerians on the need to give hope to people that were depressed during the Yuletide.
The Convener of STD, Atagamen Desuwa made the call in an interview with newsmen during the annual conference of the group in Lagos.
STD is an advocacy group that seeks to advance the course of families and relationships through seminars and talk shows.
The group currently has its presence in the U.K., U.S., Europe and Eastern Asia.
Mrs Atagamen told NAN that most Nigerians were in need of help to fight depression due to many factors ranging from economic to marital affairs.
“Many Nigerians are now going through depression because of many factors which includes the prevailing economic condition of the country to their family affairs.
“The well-to-do people should use this Yuletide to help those who are in need. Christmas is a time of giving gifts to people.
“Beyond this, we need to reach out to those that are depressed and encourage them. We can give gifts and talk to them on the essence of Christmas.
“Irrespective of how small we can give, we should not see it as too small. We can’t leave everything in the hands of government alone, we all must be our brothers’ keeper,” she said.
Mrs Atagamen said that people should endeavour to make their relationships work, adding that perseverance should be the watchword in marriage.
“I always try to advice people to make their relationship work. It is better to stay in marriage.
“If a marriage is not life threatening, then perseverance should be the watchword for the couples. Because staying alone could be a factor that can lead to depression.
“If Christmas has offered us hope, then we should extend it to others giving them hope and not during the Christmas season only, but throughout the year round,” she said.
NAN reports that the group gave out food items, children’s clothes, shoes and other Christmas gift items to people in need in their Lagos office in Surulere.