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MAKING IT BETTER: My Own Personal Rant (2)… Think About How Your Behaviour Hurts Others

I have had so many wonderful and equally shocking experiences during my short stay in Nigeria to date. I am happy to say that the good far outweigh the bad simply because one good experience which generally involves some interaction with a fellow Nigerian leaves me with enough joy to internalise to cancel out several […]

Depression: What You Should Know

Depression: What You Should Know

  Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many […]

MAKING IT BETTER: ‘The Root Cause Of Mental Illness Is Sin’…..REALLY?

Oh boy! ….this one was tough for me. I hardly knew where to begin or how to make a measured response. I tried quite a few times to write something in response, but every time I started I had to stop and rip it up because it wasn’t quite printable. Then I decided it was […]

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Stigma. It’s defined as “a mark of disgrace.” In the recent survey I conducted on the likelihood of people admitting depression and/or seeking treatment, what did 43.8 percent of women state as the Number 1 reason for not telling someone they were depressed? “Others would think I am weak or think less of me.“ Aka […]

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Stigma. It’s defined as “a mark of disgrace.” In the recent survey I conducted on the likelihood of people admitting depression and/or seeking treatment, what did 43.8 percent of women state as the Number 1 reason for not telling someone they were depressed? “Others would think I am weak or think less of me.“ Aka […]