Today, 16th of December, marks the debut of the Advocacy of Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment in Nigeria, Africa and Worldwide by Drlemzy.
Today, the importance and value of Mental Health has been underestimated, misunderstood and outrightly ignored.
Why Mental Health?
Health is an encompassing state of physical, social and Mental well-being. The absence of any one of those, leads to ill health and poor living.
Mental Health is a state of wellbeing that involves our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps to determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence, through adulthood.
Globally, over 800 000 suicide deaths every year are caused by mental-related disorders.
The average individual is uncomfortable about the talk of "suicide". He does not understand it.
The average african sees the word "mental" as a problem. He is uncomfortable with it's usage. It is seen as a word of "abuse".
Sadly, irrespective of thses views, over 7 million nigerians are suffering from depression.
More than half of them do not understand what they are going through. A greater percentage are unwilling to discuss it.
The Advocacy for Mental Health is all for creating awareness about the importance of Mental Health, and empowering of individuals who have been broken, oppressed or damaged. Also to educate the general public, on the importance of building up your mind; taking utmost care of it, as you would your body.
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