The Impact Of Clubs

Stephtalks
Posted January 19, 2020 from Cameroon

With all the recent happenings in and out of school campuses, I am very sure I want to push harder on #MindYourMind

Back in the days school clubs used to play a great impact on students as part of extra curricular activities. The good communicator I am today is thanks to the role of the journalism club of #GBHSDT Bamenda. I started talking on the microphone as a teenager, mounting several podiums to compete with my peers from other schools. Going live on CRTV radio Bamenda, together with my team winning several  inter school competitions. This for me was the biggest platform I ever had in my entire life thanks to Nji Nelson Chefor Glen Amungwa and a host of other club officials. 

Fast forward in 2018, I had the opportunity to run my personal radio program on Media Afrique Radio Buea 89.6 called Beauty Jungle. Unfortunately the crisis came and I had to move to safety. On social media I do video skits on mental health to raise awareness which I believe has created impact as I have had to in less than a month refer 3 persons to a clinical psychologist in their town for counseling and therapy (#MindYourMind linkage services). 

The essence of taking us back to the impact clubs played on us back in the days is to lead you all to see the need for mental health clubs in our social institutions. On this note, our #MindYourMind 2020 goals is to see to it that mental health clubs are created in not less than 20 institutions before the year runs out. The impact will be a lifelong impact, getting the current and next generation familiar and aware of the importance of their mental health. Yes there exist health clubs but their focus has never been on mental health. We want particular attention to be given to mental health. People are suffering but they can't speak up, they don't even know what is wrong with them. Others are stigmatized for speaking up and sadly others have committed suicide for fear of the unknown. A lot needs to be done in the domain of mental health when it comes to Cameroon. We will surely get there together.

Attached to these mental health clubs will be linkage services to professional psychosocial counsellors in the country. A list of psychosocial counsellors, their contacts and town of operation will be printed on purple pages (#MindYourMind #PurplePages) and made available to every institution, family or social gathering in case a need could arise that needs urgent attention. We are hoping for some cases it could be done for free and others will have to pay for their counselling services. 

Because every life matters, so to every mind matters! #MindYourMind #PurpelPages #MentalHealthMatters #StephTalks

PS: If you need the services of a professional psychosocial counselor kindly inbox for referrals.

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ndoloremy
Jan 19
Jan 19

Hello Steph I really value your initiative and I must say it is a timely initiative with all the madness going on in the country. Well I am a counselor based in Douala and sometimes in Buea. Here is my number 678121568 . I will be glad to be of service despite my busy body as at now. I can always make time for a person in need. Courage dear and I pray God blesses the initiative

Stephtalks
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you Ma'am. You don't know what this offer means to my project. I will get to you unfailing God bless you.

ndoloremy
Jan 22
Jan 22

Amen and you are welcome sister. Anything to make the world a better place you can always count on me. We cannot change everything but at least we can change something.

Lisbeth
Jan 19
Jan 19

Dear Steph,
How are you? It's really a while, hope life is treating you well. I am not bad either :-).
Dear I so much loved your project it amazing. You see as you said a lot are suffering in silence. Mental issues is not only about those sweeping the streets as someone puts it. We got them in our homes ha.
I am for you and go get it
:-)
Thanks for sharing
Hugs

Stephtalks
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thanks Ma'am. Glad to know you are doing fine as well. The encouragement and validation will always ring me to keep going and never to quit. Bless you Ma'am.

Lisbeth
Jan 22
Jan 22

No way, don't give up. Is not an option for you dear :-)

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Steph,
Thank you so much for your post. Wish you all the best with your work.
Have a blessed day.

Stephtalks
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you too very much

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 20
Jan 20

Wow! I love this piece! !
I know the power of school clubs..I was in the debating club and it did a lot of good in my public speaking, grammar etc how I wish we can introduce the same around here..keep going my dear Steph

Stephtalks
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you for the positive reaffirmation on the importance of school clubs and the impact on our personal development.

Anita Shrestha
Jan 20
Jan 20

Thank you for sharing

Stephtalks
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you Ma'am

lizzymark
Jan 20
Jan 20

Mental issues are really important aspects of life to be taken seriously. A lot suffer from trauma and font shear due to shame or fear and depression sets in and they get mentally unstable. Its great what u do this will help a lot.thanks for shearing

Stephtalks
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you for reading and emphasizing on the impact of mental health. Bless you.