Forging on: Raising awareness about Mental illness one platform at a time

Marie Abanga
Posted October 29, 2020 from Cameroon

#mentalhealthmatters #mentalillnessawareness #AfricaAgainstStigma

I remember feeling crushed when theTthe Stigma and Mobilising Hope Conference was cancelled on the wake of the pandemic. Not only was I looking forward to leading two workshops and doing a presentation ( all 3 abstracts I had submitted to the San Diego conference team had been accepted), but I was also keen on building my global network and excited to finally get to me Dr. Vitram Patel. And then gosh ...what has happened to 2020 happened and am yet to take down the conference information and stickers from my wall.

I think I will finally do so today. Because yes today I get to talk on the 15th or so global virtual platform about mental health and mental illness, and why Stigma should be shunned.

Forge on: In every disappointment is an appointment to a greater and better you. I was told the conference is pushed to 2021 and they would love to have me. There will be more to talk about then lol.

The pandemic has brought several of us to our mind's witt (me not excluded of course). If you thought before that mental health and mental illness were not your thing, maybe you are living in lalala Land too and need to hear from me too.

So, am looking forward to my presentation at the World Pulse Ambassadors meet up (Aptly dubbed Thriving Thursdays) this afternoon, a meet of global changemakers and community champions...all I can say is;

#thereishope #BeTheHope #itispossible #dontgiveup #recoveryispossible

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Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Oct 29, 2020
Oct 29, 2020

Hello, sis Marie,

I'm celebrating with you that the postponed event this year will push through next year! Well-deserved! You have me laughing at Lalala Land. Haha.

Yes, I look forward to listening to you later, dear. See you! FORGE ON!


Marie Abanga
Oct 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2020

Dear Kaye,

Hahahaha thank you so much. Humour is also such a great way to get to others, stay connected and positive.
It was a great training or presentation and the feedback was so cool.
Light and love always

Oct 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2020

Most of us don't pay attention to mental health until its really bad. Keep up the good work

Marie Abanga
Oct 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2020

Dear MaNyathi,

Thank you so much; and this is why I forge on and I think the pandemic has brought us to forcefully or voluntarily pay attention to mental health.
I really appreciate your encouragement

Nov 09, 2020
Nov 09, 2020

Great article Marie. Keep it flowing.
I am a new writer here. Would be great if you can give me your comments as well 2.