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The silence hits different tonight. My chest is tighter than usual, and I can feel myself leaving my body. There is so much pain. I am in so much pain. I didn’t expect death to be this painful. I am not dead yet. Death isn’t sudden. It has never been for someone like me. It...
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“It’s hard being the only sibling to my visually impaired younger brother,” a friend of mine, Tayo, once said during one of our conversations. “Why is that?” I asked. “Well, because you’re often treated like a lesser cousin and not an actual child by your own parents.” Came her pained response. Likewise, there is a...
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Helping kids and teens make the right choices about alcohol and drugs are very important. Some surveys reveal that kids who feel comfortable talking to their parents about alcohol are less likely to indulge in those habits.
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“Attention seeker” “I’m also in your shoes” “I had it worse but here I am” “I failed several times but nothing happened. I’m still alive” “I have a bad marriage too, so what’s your problem” “You can’t go through with it, weakling!” “You’re just ungrateful for life” “You’re not the only one feeling the bad...
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1. Introduction Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) is Nigeria’s largest and most active mental health non-profit network that exists to provide the needed awareness and advocacy regarding mental health and illness in the country. At MANI, we help connect people seeking help with trusted mental health professionals, offer  direct counseling via our suicide/distress hotlines and act as...
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In the past 2 years+, MANI has led monthly campaigns for mental health issues, with a focus on one core issue per month, leading to varying increase in Mental health awareness and literacy levels of millions of Nigerians. And while we will yet still, strive to continue to provide basic and simplified information about mental...
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This January, we joined lived experience advocates, NGO representatives, creatives and strategic partners from around the world in Johannesburg, South Africa to co-create a citizen-led campaign calling for greater action on mental health worldwide. Representing Nigeria, we came together with 80 other participants from 14 countries, alongside creatives and Global Strategic Partners. Representatives came from...
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My close circle can detail me accurately in a specific aspect, I am an enthusiast of Television Series. Running at the moment is The Resident, my top pick, a medical drama which beams its lens on the leaps and giant strides that has been achieved in the health industry and how technological innovations is playing...
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There is no greater moment of joy in a (marriage) union that couples cherish than giving birth to a child. Also, the most heartbreaking period is that moment when you have to admit that your child may be seriously ill. When a child is diagnosed with mental illness, such discoveries throw couples and parents off...
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Raise your hands if turning on your data connection is one of the first things you do in the morning. I’m sure if we took a census, 95% of people reading this put up their hands. It’s not surprising, social media has become an integral part of our lives and society generally. From tweeps to...
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