Do you think Africans take mental disorders seriously?

Like can we freely talk about depression and suicidal thoughts the same way we talk about malaria and typhoid? Or is it a taboo, only to be in shock when they bury their dead, a victim of suicide. It is a few days since the world lost a talented musician Delus aka Konshens brother to suicide. Life changing events that caused pain and stress such as loss, relationships gone bad, bullying, past experiences and unsuccessful events may demoralize on.

Signs on how to know when that person needs help. The most common, would be change in general behavior.

  • They don’t care anymore. They lack motivation and interest. Living a reckless life becomes normal to them. This was a young smart girl who attended all classes, got As and her lecturers knew her by name. But here she is, seen five times in a semester. She no longer dreams or have hope. Be aware, she is going through something and can’t cope with it anymore.
  • This campus boy used to be the party guy, ladies magnet, trendy and everyone liked him and wanted to be him when they grew up. But now, they are found alone in dingy places, sipping on keg and surprises everyone including himself.
  • Drug abuse. Going HAM on alcohol and other abused substances. Eating less, drinking more. Leading to loss in weight. Which also leads to being unkempt and looking shabby.
  • Rage and aggression. This person must’ve bottled up their feelings. When they can’t cope with the pain anymore, they just explode. They are always negative and give away negative energy. They want to fight everyone and always pessimistic about life.
  • Looking for ways to end their lives and giving hints. He/she most probably joked about their own death. Or called to say good bye. Or his browser search history has cutting wrists procedure, pills to be swallowed and ways to have a painless death.

It takes a keen eye to notice all this.


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