Hello world, it’s 18 days already into this month which is Mental Health Advocacy Month, and am enjoying my efforts at raising awareness.
I mean, in addition to writing and networking for such a ‘complex’ subject which I am passionately passionate about (oh yes I am), I have had the honour of guest blogging and now am even published in a magazine oh wow.
Two full pages to write all I wanted on the topic
And it could not have landes on a better date. Today I am not only working from home because am tired of commuting into town with all that ‘crazy traffic’, but I also had to deal with 2 ‘mini’ stressors this morning.
Let me sit back and leisurely read this magazine. LEGIDEON is published by some dynamic sons and daughters of my native land in the diaspora; and it is Succulently labelled “A Washington DC Based News Magazine” – you can log in and read online.
Keep doing what you do and enjoy yourself in the process… All the best to us all – take care of your mental health
When you embark on a mission as delicate as advocating and fighting myths and stigma surrounding epilepsy, you are always very honoured when your efforts are recognized.
It was therefore with with utmost pride that we received a request for collaboration in the current journal article of the most renowned Lancet Journal for the Lancet Neurology.
The Lancet was first published in 1823, and is today one of the world’s leading medical journals (for more information see http://www.thelancet.com/lancet/about). The Lancet Neurology is a specialist neurology journal within the Lancet stable. Launched in 2002, it quickly became the foremost clinical neurology journal in the world (for more information see http://www.thelancet.com/laneur/about). Published both online and in print, it provides clinical research articles, news and in-depth features on neurological topics, and this makes us all the more proud to be featured therein barely a year after embarking on our noble but challenging mission.
In this month’s article of the Lancet Neurology, the caption is all solliciting of dire attention: “Plugging epilepsy knowledge gaps in Cameroon”.Kindly take five minutes of your time to read the full article here.
Below are excerpts from the article. It begins by pointing out the alarming statistics of the disease in Cameroon, higlights some misconceptions backed by sample data, and goes on to mention work done on the field by different stakeholders including Gbm:
The prevalence of epilepsy in Cameroon might be the highest in the world. Figures of between 4·9% and 6% are commonly quoted, although values of over 10% have been reported for some areas…Demons, curses, and witchcraft are commonly thought to be the cause of epilepsy in Cameroon. A study of 505 adults among the general population placed witchcraft at the top of the list, with 13% of Muslims and up to 23% of Christians citing it as its origin… A similar study involving 920 secondary school pupils found 26% of the children to believe the same…The same studies also reported 65% of the adult group and 50% of the pupils to believe the disease to be contagious. The methods of transmission cited included waste gas (39% and 15%), saliva (34% and 55%), blood (10% and 36%), and sexual intercourse (10% and 15%) …the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing (Gbm, Douala, Cameroon) has recently announced publication of its own handbook in October, 2015, this time for teachers. Produced with the help of Cyrille Nkouonlack, Government Neurologist for the South West Region of Cameroon, it aims to tackle the misunderstandings surrounding epilepsy in schools. “An epileptic seizure in school can be a very stressful and stigmatising event in the life of a child”, explains Marie Abanga, Country Director for Gbm.
Gabriel Bebonbechem’s story is our natural baseline, and yet his story could very well be that of any other unfortunate child in the country. Such recognition by the Lancet Neurology is therefore both encouraging, and yet further challenging. We at the Gbm Foundation can therefore not relent our efforts as we strive to intensify efforts to fufill our objectives while forging other national and international partnerships.
I think I have received the cream of creams now. When I started blogging, I remember visiting a blog on blogger where this Award was displayed with a dozen or so others. I just admired and wondered to myself if I would ever get one of those. Maybe I admired the Liebster Award most because of it’s ‘Germanness’? (Emm, whatever that means). So imagine my stupor when on reading my dear Phoenix the rebirth’s blog and seeing my humble and modest blog as her first nominee for this prestigious award!
The Liebster Award recognizes new, up and coming bloggers who have a certain number of followers, ranges from 200 to 3,000. (I am not even there yet but already this noticeable? Wow)Liebster is German meaning “beloved” “sweetest” “dearest”. Essentially, I like to view this award as acknowledging some of the “sweetest” bloggers who connect their blogs to their viewers in a welcoming and hearty fashion.
If you wish to accept this award, the following guidelines are below. There is no pressure to accept the award. I find your blog genuine and would like you to know that I value your honesty and content.
The steps for The LiebsterAwardare as follows:
Thank the person who nominated you for the award! A warm, hearty, & standing ovation thank you to Tempest Rose for recognizing the good in my blog!
Add The Liebster Award logo to your post and blog.
Answer 10 questions provided to you by the person who nominated you.
Provide 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
Nominate 7 bloggers for the award and notify them.
**These are the general guidelines. With that being said, you do not have to do the full amount to accept the award. You can answer and/or ask only one question,nominate one person, whatever you feel comfortable doing. ** (This I love most because I know many don’t have time to do them awards ‘school’).
And so dearest Phoenix, I am most grateful, humbled and fortified in my journey. One of my dearest venture being Mental Health Advocacy. My story says it all and I stigmatize all those who out of lack of ignorance and empathy, degrade themselves or humanity further.
These are Phoenix’s questions and I choose to answer all of them:
Questions for my Nominees to pick and choose to answer:
If you were stranded on an island and only had 3 things, what would they be? Faith, Hope and Love
If you could change one thing about your country, what would it be? Stewardship
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My Depressions
If you could try something new today, what would it be? Water Surfing
What is your life mantra? Honesty henceforth until death do me part
What is your biggest fear in life? Dying too soon before laying a strong foundation for the work I’ve embarked on
If you could have dinner with one person (alive or deceased) who would it be and why? Ellen Johnson because she is my idol
What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen? No place external like my Soul
Name a song that describes your life in a nutshell. My Way by Frank Sinatra
And my two nominees are:
Theresa Reed at http://theresareed15.wordpress.com/, she was there on one of those dreary nights when I couldn’t sleep and my tears and anguish were threatening to ruin my vacation (and yes, this is trumpeting a post).
and my friend over at Pieces of Bipolar: http://piecesofbipolar.wordpress.com/, She describes herself as a unique girl in a unique world and am glad she sees herself so. There is so much positive in pampering and upholding one’s self albeit in all honesty.
So my dear nominees, if you accept my nomination, I leave the same questions above for you to choose from or answer all!
Dear gentle readers and followers, to me it is always all about gratitude. This blog’s life has been sustained not only by my three D’s, but above all by your direct and indirect support. Really, I want to say thank and wish each of you could accept this Liebster Award too.
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