I hope that whatever your fears are today… you find a safe place to land. I hope that if you’re struggling today… you find a warm embrace. I hope that if you need love today… you find a welcoming heart. I hope you feel safe today. With love, Ndapewoshali A.
This document was adapted by Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala in 2022, from a list originally compiled by Hermien Elago and Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala in 2020; for information-sharing purposes only. Although we are mental health activists, we consulted mental health professionals, we are not mental health professionals and strongly advise that the list be used as a guide to engage mental health professionals. The list is not exhaustive and should in no way be interpreted as complete or exhaustive of all centers and professionals in Namibia. The information provided is for general informational purposes only. All information is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information. Under no circumstance shall we have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the information or reliance on any information provided. Your use and your reliance on any information is solely at your own risk.
In my own little act of peaceful violence, whenever anyone tells me my name is too long/complicated, I gently remind them that I do not subscribe to Eurocentric standards of “normalcy” and Nda-pe-wo-sha-li has exactly the same number of letters and syllables and Co-lo-ni-sa-tion. 🙂
A world in which we all showed each other as much grace, kindness and patience as we need.
A world in which peace goes ahead of us everywhere we go, preparing each room for us, setting each table before we sit at it.
A world in which every heart loves.
This document was adapted by Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala in 2021, from a list was compiled by Hermien Elago and Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala in 2020; for information-sharing purposes only.
http://www.ndapewoshaliwrites.com turns five years old on 18th January 2021! In those five years, I’ve learnt so much and grown incredibly from your interactions, conversations and contributions.
As we close off 2020, Ntando Mbele had me on her channel today and we discussed personal finances and peer pressure. Collaborating with other YouTubers is quickly becoming one of my favourite things to do.
I had scars on my face from all the fights and would always deny when my colleagues and friends asked if I was fighting and gave excuses of “I fell or had and accident”. The abuse got out of hand and I started taking tranquilizers as a mechanism of coping with the emotional impact. I was crushed and eventually, I became suicidal. For some reason, leaving my marriage never seemed like an option to be. One day, I saw an SMS from my wife and before I even finished reading it, I put the phone down on the table jumped out of the fifth-floor window from my office building. I’m not sure how I survived, but I did.
We also delve in to treatment for mental illnesses and we try to find the answer to the questions “Ok, so I’ve been diagnosed, what now?” and “Does therapy really work?”
We talk about her favorite things about being a mom and some of the real challenges about being a mom that, perhaps, we as societies, don’t talk about enough. I hope you find this informative.