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