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Participants and instructors of the HAPPINESS Project gather for a group photo after a training session.
Participants and instructors of the HAPPINESS Project at week-long mhGAP training.

The HAPPINESS Project is focused on increasing access to evidence-based treatments for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in Nigeria by adapting the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide in primary care settings. It is a collaborative project supported by the Yale Global Mental Health Program, the local academic institutions and the local government agencies. The HAPPINESS Project provides training, ongoing clinical support and refresher trainings for primary care teams in participating states.

Our team is open to further support and collaboration from all members of the Yale community including faculty, trainees and staff in the areas of training, research and funding.

The Project Lead is Theddeus Iheanacho, MD. Please send an email to for more information or to get involved.

An instructor discusses treatment of epilepsy during a presentation at training for the HAPPINESS Project.
Dr. Nwefoh (standing on the far right), discussing treatment of epilepsy.
HAPPINESS Project training session participants practice evaluating patients with substance use disorders in a classroom.
Participants in role play practicing evaluating patients with substance use disorders.
A participant in the HAPPINESS Project training class performs an ice breaker and song during a session in front of a group of other participants.
A participant performing an ice breaker/song.