What comes to mind when you hear the words “mental health”?
Health is all about the way your body feels and works. Mental health means having the tools to deal with your thoughts/ feelings/actions and reactions, and enjoy your life. Having a bad day doesn’t mean that you have a mental health challenge or a mental illness, but it means that you should focus on your mental health. Similarly, when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, but it may be a reminder to care for yourself.
With a population of 23 million, the mental health situation in Cameroon is closely associated with the economic downturn and the stressful living conditions that has predisposed people to mental disorders. Mental health awareness and mental health care is still lacking in our country. Mental health policies are neither separate nor glaringly included from/in general health policies, the few psychiatric facilities are inadequate and understaffed.
So, why is it important to talk about mental health?
Talking about mental health particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic helps improve our communities by making it more acceptable for those suffering from mental health and mental illnesses to seek help, learn to cope, and get on the road to recovery. In addition, mental health isn’t just about mental illnesses. It’s also about maintaining a positive state of wellbeing.
Opening up about your mental health challenges will allow you to express how you truly feel and it gives others a chance to help you by guiding you through the difficult times. We at H4AB are open and remain committed to our community through the Covid-19 outbreak.
Are you experiencing any form of mental distress, or constantly experience negative thought patterns, do not hesitate to reach out to us:
Kindly email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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