The Time to Act is always now
We do not need to wait for the World Mental Health Day to Dare2TalkAbout it. Consequently, the theme for this year’s celebration on the 10th of October, which is ‘Dignity in Mental Health’, was one of the issues debated upon during a two hour TV Show hosted by Amy Banda of the renowned LTM Television in Cameroon. This is also the second time the Gbm-em Foundation is invited on the show to talk about its work on the field especially with regards to combatting the stigma and marginalization of epileptics and the mentally ill.
First the Programme Director, and now the Country Director
Last April, the Programme Director of the Foundation was a guest on the popular show “Views, Voices and Visions”, to talk about the Stigma and marginalization od epileptics and the mentally ill. She dwelled on the dramatic and painful life of Gabriel Bebonbechem her only son, and shared the vision of the Gbm Foundation in its different project areas.
The Country Director on her part was a guest on the same show recently on August 15th, and she among other issues reflected on the dignity if any in mental health. She shared her own personal mental challenges, which at some point degenerated enough to lead her to attempt suicide thinking in her confused mind that that was the only option available to her to end her ‘pain and suffering’. Here is an excerpt of the show:
It is only by daring2talkabout it as such, that any meaningful change or eradication of the stigma and marginalization of the mentally ill can one day become possible. Afterall, who wears the face of mental illness? Who can tell all cases of mental illness or point out all sufferers except those completly gone ‘off track’ and roaming the streets naked, mumbling and writing gibberish? What dignity is or should be for those cases? Or do they stop being humans because of their illhealth? While not all people have the courage and zeal to dare2talkabout it, sufficient sensitization and mobilization could go a long way to dispel myths and beliefs which could generate empathy and hopefully in the long run get more and more people to dare2talkabout and follow up on their mental health.