Let’s really talk about Dignity in Mental Health!!!
This is what the Gbm-em Foundation has invited stakeholders from the most concerned fields to do this 10th of October, set aside by the international community to commemorate World Mental Health.
The panel will comprise the following persons:
The Delegate for Public Health for the Littoral Region or his Representative;
The Delegate for Social Affairs for the Littoral Region or his Representative;
The delegate for Labour for the Littoral Region or his Representative;
Representatives of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental Wellbeing;
A person living with mental health illness (if possible).
Dignity in Mental Health Meaning???
Well, this is what we are going to find out during the discussions. We hope to get inputs from the different stakeholders on their views about this salient theme, and on the practice on the field.
To our own appreciation:
Dignity in Mental Health implies:
- The right to talk about one’s mental health whether good or bad, without shame or fear of Stigma;
- The courage to seek help when one’s mental health is challenged for any reason whatsover;
- The duty for mental healthcare professionals to treat those who are relying on them, with empathy and sincerity;
- The need for good and better mental health care policies in place as well as structures for assistance and rehabilitation;
- The need for Families to be accompanied in their challenge as the seek to understand, accompany and above all help a loved one with a mental illness or poor mental health.
Our list is non conclusive and of this we are aware. We at the Gbm-em Foundation know some of what we advocate for because as Gabriel Bebonbechem’s story illustrates, we were all but lost when faced with a similar situation. Indeed, Gabriel was a Genuis who ended up a Simpleton for several reasons we still do not master, neither was his treatment protocol dignifiable at all times.
Join us therefore dear readers, as we organize this round table discussion which will be registered and broadcasted by the Cameroon Radio and Television house Douala. And sure while you are at it, check out my GoFundMe Campaign for Epilepsy and Mental Illness.