⚠️ TRIGGER WARNING: THIS POST WILL DISCUSS CONTENT OF RAPE AND SUICIDE. PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE SENSTIVE DUE TO PERSONAL OR PAST EXPERIENCES.
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Recently, I have been inspired to write this post because I’ve watched some troubling documentaries that are about mental health, suicide and rape.
I just want to bring to light to everyone that mental health isn’t just a “western thing”. Mental health should be recognised as an international and worldwide issue in countries across the world including those that are high in poverty and low in employment.
Mental health and suicide exists in countries across many continents in the world.
Issues such as rape and suicide exists in these poverty ridden countries. And personal experiences and family life lead to mental health issues amongst those living in poverty. And those mental health issues such as depression and anxiety lead to self inflicted death, in other words, suicide.
There is also no safety in these countries where there is a lot of poverty. Women and children (sometimes men) are getting raped and murdered straight after. Some are lucky enough to live but they have to deal with psychological effects of it all.
There is no form of help in these countries. The kind of help we get here in the UK. There is no therapy, there is no counselling.
And if you think medication is another option for them to get treated for mental health, it isn’t. They see mental health as a taboo forget taking medication for it. Taking medication for mental health is also seen as a taboo in those countries.
The whole point of this post is to just put it out there and bring to light that mental health should not be westernised. It is not a western issue. Mental health is a world wide issue.
And just like it is here, over in those countries, mental health is always stigmatised. Men and women don’t talk about their mental health issues.
So what we need to do is to talk about mental health as a worldwide issue. Not as a “western” issue.
Do not make it a westernisation thing. Mental health doesn’t exclude anyone. Mental health is experienced by everyone from all walks of life. Regardless of whether we are rich, dirt poor or living comfortably. Mental health doesn’t exclude no one.
If you ever want to watch the documentaries I speak of, I shared it on my Twitter recently. So follow me on there to find the links at @faizablogs
If not, I’ll drop the links here:
My neighbour the rapist: https://youtu.be/rpjNz8VrXFk
Suicide stories: Are Kenya’s men in crisis? https://youtu.be/NClMdqEIUDM
Thank you for reading. X