Initiative Update

A presentation on Mental Illnesses and combatting Stigma using my story

Marie Abanga
Posted November 8, 2020 from Cameroon
Bring the training for impact home to fellow Ambassadors

 

What comes to your mind when you hear the word mental illness? Who comes to your mind when you think of a person living with a mental illness? What if we told you I live with a mental illness? Do you know there are over 200 mental illnesses? Why do we stigmatize persons living with a mental illness and sometimes even their loved ones too?

On the 26th of October during one of our World Pulse Ambassadors epic Thriving Thursdays call, I gave a presentation about mental illness with the goal of making mental illness easily understood and calling for action against stigma.

I think using my own story as someone diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder 6 years made many to relate and realize that a mental illness is not mystery and there is no need to stigmatize someone living with a mental illness.

The feedback was amazing and I knew I had done the right thing by bringing my life's work with mental health and mental illnesses to World Pulse.

I have no doubt that henceforth, all who hear this presentation and know me, would doubt that you can live a very productive life with a mental illness diagnosis, if you are aware, educated and take all necessary action to manage the illness - albeit just like someone living with day hypertension or diabetes would do.

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

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Jill Langhus
Nov 09, 2020
Nov 09, 2020

Hi Marie,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your powerful presentation and for continuing to destigmatize mental illnesses.

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

Marie Abanga
Nov 11, 2020
Nov 11, 2020

Dear Jill,

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, it is aptly needed right now and I will keep on walking. We are all fine thank you.
Warm regards

Jill Langhus
Nov 13, 2020
Nov 13, 2020

You're welcome:-) I'm very glad to hear it.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Nini Mappo
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 10, 2020

Hello Marie,
I love that photo of you! It echoes the caption in red perctefly!

Marie Abanga
Nov 11, 2020
Nov 11, 2020

Oh dear Nini
Thank you
I really wanted a colour that will make the message brighter than my smile hahahahah
Thanks always for your encouraging words
All the best to you too

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 20, 2020
Nov 20, 2020

Hello, Marie,

It was EPIC indeed! You had us craving for more...please. I'm proud of you! Continue speaking your truth. HUGS.

Marie Abanga
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 21, 2020

Dear Kaye,
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback.
I will definitely continue
all the warmth
Marie