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The Gbm-em Foundation organizes a roundtable discussion on dignity in mental health


This was a radio campaign on World Brain Day
This was a radio campaign on World Brain Day under the theme Epilepsy

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;

  • A neuro-psychiatrist;

  • 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.

And this is the Dignity desperately sought for
And this is the Dignity desperately sought for

To our own appreciation:

Dignity in Mental Health implies:

  1. The right to talk about one’s mental health whether good or bad, without shame or fear of Stigma;
  2. The courage to seek help when one’s mental health is challenged for any reason whatsover;
  3. The duty for mental healthcare professionals to treat those who are relying on them, with empathy and sincerity;
  4. The need for good and better mental health care policies  in place as well as structures for assistance and rehabilitation;
  5. 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. My Brother's Journey from G to S

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.

There is no shame in asking for help right?
There is no shame in asking for help right?

 

 

 

 

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Author:

Marie Angele Abanga (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist and an etc! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home. MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing. The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.

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