Dignity in Mental Health Challenges: No to Stigma

Marie Abanga
Posted April 18, 2019 from Cameroon

A Mental illness is not a death sentence. Clinical depression can only last that long. Joe is 38 and is ok with the world knowing he has been struggling with his mental health for 4 years and lost touch recently. But, #thereishope. I received him at the Integration Clinic Bonamousadi Douala Cameroon yesterday and he was hospitalised for a closer follow up and holistic treatment approach. Ekema is a peer diagnosed with Schizophrenia 25 years ago and living with me since June 2018. He is doing so well now and is   working at the Hope for the Abused and Battered center currently running from home. He came to visit Joe and reassure him all will be well. Visit us at www.hope4abusedbattered.com#notostigma #mentalhealthiswealth#mentalillness#BetheHope #Iamfreedomnlove 

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Jill Langhus
Apr 18
Apr 18

Hi Marie,

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and update. It's great that you're helping Joe and Ekema, and that Ekema is also helping Joe, too:-) He must have pretty bad depression to be hospitalized for it:-( Poor thing. Do you think his depression is a predisposition or did something traumatic happen to him?

Hope you're doing well, and having a good week!?

Marie Abanga
Apr 20
Apr 20

Dear Jill o,
Thank you as usual for your encouraging comment. I just received him and priority is on reaching him and building this therapeutic relationship which can lead to his trusting to talk with me. Yes, his depression is very bad I celebrate when he brushes his teeth for example. I will know more progressively. Ekema is happy to be a big brother peer and the clinic being around my home makes visiting him by is all easy. He did so well today even to walk with me to my home for a short visit before going back to the clinic.

Jill Langhus
Apr 21
Apr 21

You're welcome, dear:-)

Oh, wow:-( Very good. Good thing he has you to help him, dear.

Happy Easter!