They ask, who does mental awareness help?
You ask, can this knowledge bring me money?
He asks, what would people say?
She asks, can I speak on behalf of someone coping with it?
Abeg, black people don’t need therapy, they choroused!
I say, it helps everyone! Our society at large, it’s not just for your well-being, it’s not just for the benefit of your family members or friends, everyone benefits form this awareness! How? We imbibe healthy lifestyles, make better decisions, the economy booms, and mental advocacy can get more funding.
Money? Come on! Don’t be myopic, money isn’t the only thing in life, as clichéd as it may sound; little things matter! The mere fact that people are aware and better equipped to handle these real life scenarios and happening cannot be bought by money.
If you have shared your story, no matter how small it may seem, even if it was to a small crowd, (and they say three makes a crowd) you are a champion, and I celebrate you! You have conquered the monster of silence, reality check; silence kills! And you may not realize it, but your story empowers others, in other words, you have become a beacon of strength for others.
If you have a story to share, (it doesn’t have to be yours per se, it may be a relative), you can be the voice for others.
Mental illness is not respecter of colour or race!
It’s amazing to see so many Nigerians opening up and refusing to suffer in silence, and this is could only have been achieved with the movement and raised voices of mental health advocates.
Let’s end the stigma, don’t wallow in ignorance, ignorance also kills, join the movement!
Who MANI epp? It has helped me, and so many famous heroes and heroines.