We always forget that everything starts from our mind...
As much as it is not very difficult to find people agreeing with the importance of mental health, most of mental health organisations and institutions are battling in the middle of a “no man’s land” to get the recognition for appropriate funding, when most of the time, funding is nowhere to be found. African countries are taking lightly the fact that in the absence of serious commitment with clear legislature to enhance good mental health and to provide ethical and high-quality services, there won’t be any sustainable development.
A continent with the greatest potential but failing in its capacity to overcome corruption, terror, conflicts, wars, violence and gender abuse. Not related to mental health? We should think twice before answering. Emergence capacity is closely related to the capacity of looking at the reality as it is, not what is accommodating the image or the popularity. We can’t change reality if we can’t face it. But soon, mental health problems will be the second most spread non-communicable illnesses in Africa. Who will be then able to engage in economic growth?
Mental health is not about psychiatry, far from it. Serious psychiatric diagnoses affect only 10-12% of the population. What are we doing for the other 85-90% who may suffer in silence? They may develop more serious conditions with time or they may as well, turn psychological pain into a need for revenge or payback. The sense of unfairness lives into each one of us but when we don’t have constructive alternatives to handle this, we become destructive to ourselves or others, or worse, we are destructive toward ourselves and others. So, what do we do?
Because we know that mental health is still victim of so much stigmatization, misconceptions and ignorance, we know there is still so much work to do. The AMHACI was created to advocate and support governments, NGOs’, organizations, businesses and corporations willing to engage in bettering the conditions of life for everyone and everywhere in Africa. Because we know the benefits, and because we love sowing seeds of hope as much as building bridges. Do you?