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.
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?”
With that said, in this video I’m talking about love (as I always do) but I’m giving a little insight as to why I speak about it so much, with such great urgency and with so much conviction. I also share a little bit about the loved ones I’ve lost, whose lives and actions made me more convicted in my stance and perspective.
This is a conversation I had with Dr. Alex Ilunga. In it, I ask him a few questions about different personality traits, personality disorders, and mental health in general, from a medical doctor’s point of view.
According to the Ministry of Health, in 2018, Namibia had the 4th highest suicide rate in Africa and the 11th highest in the world. In this episode, I discuss Mental Health in Namibia and where one can get help when they need it.
For years, I’ve been flirting with the idea of creating a YouTube Channel in order to extend the conversations on this blog, to a new platform. The main thing that’s been keeping me from doing it is my crippling shyness, social anxiety,and impostor syndrome.
In Namibia, we live in a society that shuns those afflicted by mental health illness, rather than provide them with the help and support that they need. In our society, the discussion about mental health is a taboo, suicide is rife and emotional and physical violence are the order of the day. I, wholeheartedly, want to change that.
My friend, Hermien Elago and I made a list of this for information-sharing purposes. Please share as far and wide as possible, we never know who might need someone to talk to.
We’d be surprised how much less judgemental and intolerant we grow, as our love and understanding of self increases.
If you allow it to,
Fear will cripple you.