Even though it is noted within this week, it doesn’t mean that all efforts must stop here.
Stress, fear and rejection and worst of all your thoughts will kill you if you don’t talk to anyone about the way you are feeling. When you do eventually speak to someone then you are considered weak, these are the thoughts of most people who end up taking their own lives and every 40 seconds someone loses their lives to suicide.
Namibia joined the rest of the world yesterday, in commemoration of World Mental Health Day which is always observed on 10 October every year. This year’s theme was suicide prevention, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Namibian social activities and celebrities went to their social mediums to speak on the importance of self care.
These entertainers included former Miss Namibia 2018 Selma Kamanya who is def been doing the most and who happens to be the brand ambassador of the world Health day campaign in Namibia. Kamanya who joined hands with the ministry of health declared a one week mental health campaign week and also took to twitter to say a few things on mental health.
Other entertainers who took this initiative of making people aware of world mental health day include British entertainer Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry who made an event for this important day.
As a nation to raise awareness on world mental awareness in Namibia the Mental Health Awareness Walk (MHAW) Namibia will be holding a mental Health awareness walk on the second of November 8:00 – 11:00 at the Aussinpann platz Zoo Park.
MHAW is dedicated to being an event that will become one of the platforms of information and support of people that are navigating through Mental illness. The idea is to create a community of people, friends, families, children, non-profit organizations and schools around Namibia, that will help normalize mental health and promote mental wellness.
Suicides or suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts on families, friends, colleagues, communities and societies. Suicides are preventable. Much can be done to prevent suicide at individual, community and national levels. Take care of your mind the same way you take care of your body, charge your mind and the next person by always saving someone next to you and not only on World Mental Health Day but every day.