She Writes Woman is a platform founded by Hauwa Ojeifo, which aims to raise awareness about mental illnesses in Nigeria and give people struggling with mental health a voice. She is the only Nigerian female recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders award and is one of the 2019 Obama Foundation Leaders.
Since when is the label “savage” a positive one? There is a disconcerting absence of civility, even basic humanity, in our social media interaction, and it is doing untold damage.
A young Nigerian poet Chukwuemeka Akachi has taken his own life, just hours after he wrote a suicide post on Facebook. Akachi’s penultimate Facebook post was on his struggles with mental health, but few took it seriously.
Alex Boyé has become known for his uplifting music. Now his support of mental health campaigns has seen him being honoured for adding his voice to suicide prevention efforts.
Words are powerful. They can cut and kill or they can love and heal. That is the reason we should consider the language we use when we talk about suicide, says Joyline Maenzanise.
Depression has for a long time been referred to as a “white disease” even though close to one in six South Africans suffer from depression or anxiety.
Young men in Kenya are more at risk of contemplating suicide if they have friends and family who attempted or have gone through with it.
Understanding the different beliefs about disorders is important in efforts to improve mental health care in developing countries.
Mental health care is neglected across Africa. But there are several reasons why countries should pay attention.