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Because our Mental Health Matters… By Ananwureyi Ohine Joy


Because our Mental Health Matters… By Ananwureyi Ohine Joy

I once heard the slang: no health without mental health.

Let me tell you a story:

I was mentioned on a Facebook group sometimes back to help someone coming to OAU. It was that time I was almost done with school but still got some things doing. The help I’m suppose to render is something that will make me uncomfortable for a bit. Meanwhile, I was also rendering the same help to someone else.

However, this new person made me so uncomfortable beyond what I imagined. There was a particular day I went to spread my clothes outside and I was almost going crazy thinking about the issue and I couldn’t believe I was talking to myself all through the time I was spreading my clothes.

If you know me too well, you’d know I hardly complain when someone is hurting me, not until recently. Before, I will endure it thinking it is for a while, let me think about the future, yen yen yen, while I’m there hurting, crying, going crazy, tampering with my health, thinking, and other what nots…

I tried my best to cut it off with this new person I’m helping. However, it just got worse for me, even roommates made it more worse. Hardly could anyone understand what I was going through except fam and some three other people. Mehn! I regretted the help I rendered. Since then, I’ve been trying my best to change and take my own mental health seriously no matter what…

Mental health is really important. Until recently, hardly was it being talked about in this part of our world. With the madness of our governmental institutions, the hustling on a daily basis and the craziness of life we always have to put up with, who would have thought about mental health?

Our mental health is important because it’s a vital part of our lives and impact our thoughts, behaviors and even emotions. Being healthy mentally can promote productivity and effectiveness in work, school, volunteering, our relationships, coping with change and the craziness of life.

One doesn’t have to start roaming on the street like a mad man before you’d realize one’s mental health is affected. Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. Issues related to mental health can impact different people in different ways.

We can imbibe tips on keeping mentally fit such as talking about our feelings, eating well, keeping in touch, practising gratefulness and mindfulness, taking a break when it deems fit, caring for others, accepting who we are, doing things we are good at, and asking for help.

We must also provide the enabling environment for positive impact on our mental health and that of others. An environment that honour and protects basic civil, political, socio-economic and cultural rights is fundamental to mental health. Without the security, guarantee and freedom provided by these rights, it is difficult to maintain a reasonable level of mental health.

Got mental health problems? You can actually get better 💯💯💯

You can also help spread awareness on mental health by signing the Asido Foundation’s #Unashamed 2020 pledge on mental health. You can sign here:

When we are mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and environment, and the people in it.

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

Our mental health is our priority 🔥🔥🔥





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