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.
May you live.
The truth is, many forms of mental illness or distress are simply just not taken seriously enough. When someone says they are depressed, they are told to “get over it” because they’re just “moody” or “looking for attention”. When the depression starts to manifest itself in more visible or extreme ways, we say its witchcraft and we stay away from the individual lest we also “catch it”. It’s not until it’s too late; when someone commits suicide or murder that we take it seriously. That’s when people say “I knew something wasn’t right”.