Last August I penned an editorial for the South Sudan Medical Journal, focusing on the urgency of mental health. In addition, I was also on Radio Miraya last month, and I discussed my journal article and the issue of mental health.
Mental health is a very neglected area of medicine, not just in South Sudan, but also in many countries in the West.
I have personally experienced depression, lost close relatives to suicide, and have friends and relatives who have had their own mental health battles.
Mental health afflictions are so common yet there’s a major stigma surrounding mental health. Mental health is often not discussed or taken seriously as a real medical condition. The more we discuss the issue, and the more there is invested in mental health resources, the more we lessen the stigma surrounding this health condition. It all starts with you and me – we have to be open to others and their experiences and we have to keep the conversation going.
The article is available for reading here.