Initiative Update

Tomorrow I get to show my school what I have been doing while living with a mental illness

Marie Abanga
Posted July 16, 2021 from Cameroon

Let's call it what it is: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness and I was diagnosed with this in 2014. 

I know I am high functioning, greatly recovered and today a self proclaimed self-care queen, but stigma still exist and challenges still abound. The whole intention of wearing that label on me like it were my brand is to demystify and de-stigmatize mental illness.

This is why when I saw a call for submissions from my University for presentations at the Post Graduate Research Conference tomorrow, I didn't hold back because they said it was mainly for PhD students (I could have been one too had I not opted to do a second masters in psychology related studies instead). I prepared my abstract and a poster, didn't run it by anyone because sadly still some stigma from my own family and circle regarding my mental health work using my lived experience (calling it what it is) and I submitted both after a prayer.

Bingo I got the email and oh my am all set, have run the test on the platforms the school is using and am good. It's actually a competition for the best presentations by post graduate students organized jointly by the University of Lancaster and Queensland University Australia, and they said there are 10 Fire tablets to be won but I have already won by just being selected hahahaha

My poster is titled thus: FOUNDING & RUNNING AN ORGANIZATION MINDFUL OF MY OWN MENTAL WELLBEING; while my long presentation is on my research work evaluating the mental health matters campaign I ran for two years in my community from 2018 - 2020.

I am so excited for tomorrow, I need to workout again tonight and tomorrow morning to stay grounded some more lol

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

100

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jomarieb.earth
Jul 16
Jul 16

Dearest Sis Marie,
You never cease to amaze me. Your energy is so magnanimous! I am so proud and so blessed to witness all that you have to show us here at WP, with everything that you want to share. You have demystified and destigmatized mental illness in your own right. Although to the world it is very much an enigma. Keep on pushing that big, heavy load up the mountain. You got this! You manage to live your life as a campaign and you campaign to live your life. Kudos and many bravos to you!!!
Love and hugs...JoMarie

Marie Abanga
Jul 19
Jul 19

Dear JoMarie,

Aha you sum it for me henceforth ooooooo "You manage to live your life as a campaign and you campaign to live your life. Kudos and many bravos to you!!! that's pretty how I intentionally live my life - making some strong statements in a near 'rebellious' manner hahahahaha. Thank you so much for admiring that magnanimous energy of mine hahahahaha. I am just as blessed and grateful for this amazing platform of sisters
Let's keep up keeping up

Tracey Grabowski
Jul 16
Jul 16

Dear sister
You are 100% correct and I congratulate you..Mental health awareness is crucial in our well-being. You are an inspiration..Love and light.

Marie Abanga
Jul 19
Jul 19

Dear Tracy,

I appreciate your comment, and will continue doing my best to stay just that.
Light and love all the way

megsmueller
Jul 17
Jul 17

Congratulations my dear sister Marie! I love your spirit - you are already a winner! Enjoy it, all the best!

Marie Abanga
Jul 19
Jul 19

Dear Meg,
Thank you so so much. I will soon share the second long presentation I did with a big shout out to World Pulse

megsmueller
Jul 20
Jul 20

Lovely! Waiting with excitement...

Uchenna Ahanotu
Aug 05
Aug 05

Wow! You are doing so great! Well done sis. Wish you well in the presentation,

Marie Abanga
Aug 08
Aug 08

Dear Sis,

Thank you oooooo. It indeed went so well.