A few years ago, i would literally look down on anybody I heard had committed suicide because they failed an exam or got dumped by their partner. It all just seemed too irrational. I had my own mental problems of course but I just thought everyone goes through the same things that I do. Little did I know everyone has their own limits, boundaries and breaking points. What hurts you may not hurt me and what may seriously cause me to be sad may not affect you in any way. Just as we all are different in our tastes and even physical appearance , so are we mentally.
I got to understand this and i am grateful that i did. It doesn’t hurt to be there for someone who needs you because we all need a shoulder to lean on sometimes.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. A mentally healthy adolescent and young person should possess a positive state of mind and body, feel safe and able to cope with demands and meaning of life and have a sense of connection with people, communities and the wider environment.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness refers to disturbances in thinking, behavior and feelings leading to a person’s inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. Adolescents and young people should be aware that every individual has the potential to develop mental health problems, no matter how old they are, whether they are male or female, rich or poor, or which tribe they belong to.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings. Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization.
So here is a challenge this November!
Let’s make November our own Zambian National Mental Health Awareness Month(you can join in even if you are in any part of the continent right now). Talk to somebody,Open up to somebody, Post pictures and videos, Visit someone who needs you or just to check up on a friend, Call someone, Text, Pray or Encourage someone, Hug someone! We are all struggling with something and we all need each other. And since I have no beard I will stick to this challenge this November😂