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MENTAL HEALTH IS REAL

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ACTIVIST: Charity Kennedy

Mental health activist and Founder of the Botswana Network for Mental Health (BNMH), Charity Kennedy has called for the promotion of the health side of the mind instead of focusing on illnesses.

Sharing her experience at a mental health seminar held at the University of Botswana Kennedy said people often talk about mental health in a vacuum, almost distancing themselves like it’s something that affects certain people only. “But we are all affected. We all should be concerned about the health of our minds,” she stated.

A survivor of depression and numerous suicide attempts, Kennedy said majority of people seeking medical treatment at primary health facilities suffer a mental condition but are unaware of it.
She said the ratio of psychiatrists to patients in Botswana is a big issue that has unfortunately also added to the problem of wrong diagnosis on patients, or doctors who just rush to prescribe drugs without exploring other natural means of dealing with mental conditions.

“You cannot look at mental health in isolation. You cannot quantify it. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not the mere absence of disease”; she said citing the WHO definition of health. She noted that awareness needs to be created not just on the causes and treatment of mental conditions, but on leaders as well. “We need a change of mindset from our leaders. They need to appreciate the true extent of mental health issues facing our country.

“Another thing that lacks in our mental health system is support and rehabilitation for sufferers,” said Kennedy. “You end up in a mental institution and before you know it you are discharged and may not be ready to face society, as people will judge you as insane.

“Sometimes, you don’t even understand your condition fully. Users of psychiatry often need time out after treatment to get in touch with themselves, but we do not have facilities which offer rehabilitation” she said. The lack of these facilities, she said, often leads to a recurrence of a mental illness.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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