The face of depression is often denied, demonised and ignored. Growing up, I was told that people who claim to suffer from mental illness such as depression and anxiety are lazy, or they must be possessed by demons, or maybe they are not close enough to God and are definitely sinners who should pray away the mental illness, and lastly they are most likely to be mad people on drugs.
When I was diagnosed with depression I was in denial, I refused therapy and medication because of the shame and stigma. After months of denial I ended up in the hospital again for acid reflux, basically I had acid on my chest which made something as simple as breathing extremely painful.
Repressing my health and not acknowledging that I needed help escalated into other health issues, that was when I came to the conclusion that I actually do not want to die of a heart attack or stroke by the age of 30, it is time to look after my mind and my health and seek professional help. It is a known fact that denial of mental illness is the easiest and fastest road to suffering or in extreme cases death. (Avoid some serious pain and start to Mind Ur Mind in order to heal, the mind is the core of wellness and illness)
Depression is often misunderstood as just feeling sad, the myths and shame surrounding depression leads to denial and ignorance which can cause confusion and unnecessary pain. Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
About the 18th of November
On the 18th of November 2017 Afrokanist Magazine will be holding Mind Ur Mind: Depression and Healing event highlighting the importance of addressing Mental Health. Professionals such as NHS Primary Care Psychology Service Therapist Nadia Nwuanga, Exercise and Healthy eating Business woman Lyna Ndagire Kawalya, Mindfulness and Yoga teacher Alice Leigh and Mental Health professionals from Mosiac Club House will be available to provide advice on how to seek advice and help.
The event also aims to challenge common misconceptions about depression and anxiety within the Black Community and support them in identifying common triggers.
The event will be hosted by Business Management, Business Strategist and Content Marketer Mariam Tijani and Founder and CEO of Afrokanist Magazine, Editor , Digital Marketer, Content creator and Photographer Abiola Balikis Bankole.