A survey conducted by the Africa Polling Institute (API) in collaboration with EpiAFRIC to assess the level of information on the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of Nigerians towards mental illness.Leggi il seguito
Over a billion people in the world live with some form of disability: it’s time to act! Here we present a series of political strategies and action plans developed to create a more inclusive Africa.Leggi il seguito
A study published on PLOS Medicine shows that migrants experience high rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, and that it’s necessary to provide immediate and continuous psychological support.Leggi il seguito
In his poem “I am a refugee in my mind”, Alex Kitaka describes the sense of estrangement from the world and even oneself brought by mental distress. Bad thoughts represented by house flies buzz in our head and keep saying that there is no place for us, anywhere. But Alex reminds us that there is always a chance for us to bloom like roses and to heal through sharing: “I believe that writing creates a safer place to let out and let go of feelings that endanger someone’s mental health. Like always, writing is therapy!”Leggi il seguito
“Imagine you gathered all the courage and walked up to me? Me, that random girl sitting alone in the cafeteria
Me, that seemingly busy lady over a steaming cup of coffee at the cafe. Me, that swaggered teenager flocked by admirers, the envy of all. Imagine you just walked up to me and said “hi?” Imagine you gathered all the empathy and walked up to me?” Those are the first verses of a poem about solitude, depression, search for compassion.
“My doctor walks in, hands out her gloved limb tainted with the multicolored silencers that she wants me to pill-pop to steady my weak pillars of sanity.” Those are the first verses of Ssekajja’s poem which goes through mental distress, alienation from society, sense of non-belonging and -maybe – a guilt feeling towards a family which cannot really understand him and his mind. Ronald is writer and performer of both English and Luganda.Leggi il seguito