Mental illness has been prohibited by many African Countries and their people. Faced with many challenges in life, I understand why most African countries are choosing to ignore or are in denial about Mental health.What they don’t know is the newer generations are suffering from Mental illness, you have a great number of single mothers, abuse wives, depressed children etc suffering from mental health. The stigma behind Mental health in Africans needs to change! According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH, 2013), if you are living with HIV, it is important for you to be aware that you have an increased risk for developing mood, anxiety, and cognitive disorder.
African countries have been known for HIV/AID, but one thing they failed to realize is that with things like being diagnose with such diseases comes depression, anxiety (Mental illness). Given the fact that I am African and was once diagnosed with depression 6 and some months ago. I found it hard to share with others in my community due to the social stigma.
Those that are suffering from Mental illness are being treated as if they are possessed by a demons or witchcrafts, they are simply called “craze people” meaning crazy people in broken English. Some African families goes as far as kicking their children or significant others out and disowning them, while others are treating them like they are not human enough to be on earth. According to Global 3000 Ghana (June, 2014) “Those with schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder and epilepsy are frequently subjected to human rights abuses”. So before you sleep tonight, please know that MENTAL HEALTH IS REAL AND OUR PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING FROM IT.
"mental health is real"