Mental health diseases serious concern

Anger has been identified as the most common cause of mental illness.

Speaking at Molepolole’s Moruakgomo Junior Secondary School wellness day recently, the chairperson of Botswana Network for Mental Health Ms Charity Kennedy said no one was immune to mental illness adding that in most cases people were never aware of their mental condition.

She said mental diseases were real and worrisome as they continued to grow drastically pointing out that most common mental were depression and bipolar disorder. 

Quoting WHO, she said mental conditions such as depression would be the global leader by the year 2030.

Stressing the importance of counselling and a good diet, Ms Kennedy urged everyone to start acting now to take care of their health.

She said her association aimed at promoting mental health and wellness to reduce the extremity of mental disorder in the country.

Ms Kennedy said it was disheartening that society continued to judge and discriminate against those suffering from mental illness stressing that families should take good care of such people.

“Love, care, respect and support beat medication in the journey of recovery,” she said.

One of the participants, who said he had been living with anger for some time, explained that self-discipline was important for controlling emotions before taking action.

Another participant said it was important for the school to partner with stakeholders such as Botswana Network for Mental Health to help students who were affected by mental illness.

Speaking on the day’s theme, ‘A healthy employee is a productive employee’, the school head Ms Lenthaletse Galeitse said good health resulted in people being more productive both at work and home.

She said good health reduced the frequency of visiting hospital adding that exercise was the best way to keep healthy. ENDS

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