Botswana Network for Mental Health’s Executive Director, Charity Kennedy has said although researches indicate that mental health issues result in the ‘Overall Disease Burden’, Botswana through the powers that be, continues to lack the will and drive to advocate for better service delivery on Mental Health.
Kennedy who stated her status as a survivor of Major Depression, Suicide and Anxiety said, “Mental diseases are a build-up of traumas, shame or past disappointments, which when happening an individual keep assuring themselves of their strength and resilience”.
She noted that all these piles up and when they have filled up an individual’s being there would be a point of bursting. She further noted that during the stage of bursting an individual takes a decision as suicide. “We only get to realize the problem at this stage, yet to this stage there were so many underlying issues that needed to be addressed,” she explained.
As significant as Mental Health is, it should be understood that issues of mental health are a global pursuit and stated as a ‘Sustainable Development Goal’ (SDG) 3.
Kennedy said people’s state of mind is revealed in almost everything they do. She noted that in Relationships; how one talks and communicates with people in order to maintain peace within their environment. Major Depression survivor enlightened that Productivity and Fruitfulness is as well a yardstick of an individual’s mental state.
Kennedy advocated for availability of Information. “An up-to date information on current status of mental health issues should be availed to all Batswana,” she said.
She further substantiated that, the Government budget overlooks Mental Health and thus a dismissive hand is always waved at these issues, particularly because they do not ‘directly’ constitute to high mortality cases.
Kutlwano Mothodi- a therapist at Botswana Network for Mental Health revealed that, Mental Health is evidently everyone’s peripheral matter of interest. Citing that people make new year resolutions that addresses what they deem critical in their lives. Yet the unfortunate reality is, Mental Health is never found among the bespoke resolutions.
Botswana Network for Mental Health Professionals said, investing in mental health means learning some skills as Conflict Resolution, Problem solving or communication skills. They indicated that it as well means being aware of oneself. The Professionals could not over-emphasize the need for people to learn more about Mental Health and Mental Health related diseases as well as how to prevent them.
Mothodi said ‘growing up, we take in everything we see, we observe and are taught. They become our belief system, thus shaping our personalities.Noting that, “this affects how we then regulate our emotions as people.” She noted that some blame for poor community mental could be apportioned to Setswana culture. This confirmed by the Setswana adage ‘Mosadi o bipa mpa ka mabele’ which in context translate to a ‘woman should always find a way to cover up her misfortunes’. This adage is said to influence women to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms that would jeopardize their mental state.
Reitarating on that, Kennedy expressed her disbelief on the cliché ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you strong’. She on the contrary gave a strongly worded caution that “What doesn’t kill you doesn’t make you strong, it makes you develop wrong, unhealthy coping mechanisms,” she said.
Kennedy cautioned the nation to guard against Insomnia, changes in their sleeping patterns, drastically changed appetite, being too jumpy, loss of interest in social life as these could communicate some challenges in one’s mental health. She advised that people adopt coping mechanisms that includes addressing the real problem rather than shying away from it.
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Mental health is one critical element in someone’s life but gloomily, it is often overlooked. Topics centered on mental health and depression dominate the public discourse. The national conversation surrounding mental wellness, both online and offline has aided in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, slowly but surely.
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