Today – the 10th October is mental health awareness day, a time for global directed focus on this issue that is speedily becoming the leading health issue of our time. And for today, I introduce the first guest blogger on healthkenya.co.ke. I believe that you will learn something from Debra Riako, a brave young lady who shares her struggles with mental health issues.
Tag Archives: depression
In most of Africa, when women bring their babies for vaccination, they have to sit through talks by nurses at the clinics on the value of immunizations, good nutrition and family planning. It would not be difficult for another small chat to be added about how to spot post-partum depression and point new mothers to a place where they can find help for free.
Feeling depressed while holding your ‘bundle of joy’ seems at odds with itself. But it is the reality of many women.
But alcoholism, any form of addiction, screams of a lack of connection and feelings of isolation.
Although we are 8 billion of us in the small planet, the world has never been so lonely. Face to face connection with people is a mental gym session we cannot take for granted.
Suffering depression is wrongly considered a sign of weakness, an innate inability to cope with hard times. Yet depression can affect anyone and like any illness, requires some helpful intervention.
I don’t know why I assumed that the numbers would be small – perhaps because we do not talk about it much and also perhaps because we stigmatize mental health and want to believe that it only affects certain types of people and we are not them.
Women need to ‘listen’ to their bodies and do what is right for them. Hormonal contraceptives are fine for the vast majority but this study should not be ignored or sensationalised.
We all experience grief differently – is there anything like ‘normal grief’ ? Researchers have attempted to study bereaved people and learn more about how we cope in our many diverse ways.