Today is world mental health day. a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. this years theme challenges us to look at mental health in a more positive light, in order to reduce the stigma. for myself and others from culturally diverse backgrounds, this is often a verrrrrry hard topic to talk about. but the reality is everyone has their day. 1/4 people will experience a mental health issue in any given 12 month period. why i post these quotes and share these stories, is not because i’ve got it all figured out myself, but because i too am trying to figure this life out lol. so while it’s easy to avoid these conversations, i encourage you all to step out of your comfort zone and start thinking and talking about your own mental health. 💛
Abantu comes from the zulu language, meaning ‘the people’. for all those who came out to the @habesha_youth_group event, we thank you dearly 💛 and a big shout out to @cokoblack aka @atnphotographynow for her amazing work on the documentary! link in her bio ✨
On sunday, the @habesha_youth_group held an event called ‘building bridges’ which aimed to bridge the gap between african youth and adults. we heard from guest speakers on the topic of parent-child/adult-youth relationships and how strengthening this through communication and honesty is key to addressing many of the mental and emotional issues both groups struggle with. we laughed, we cried, but most importantly we started a much needed conversation. here’s a snippet of what went down!
more events coming soon 👀💛
Tomorrow is r u ok day! a reminder to check in with others, stay connected and have meaningful conversations. not just tomorrow, but everyday.
too often we dismiss people’s sudden change of behaviour as ‘crazy’ or ‘weird’ not realising that we actually have no idea what they’re going through. please reach out to those people you often think about but never get around to messaging or calling. such a small act that can have a huge impact on changing or saving someone’s life.
and if you yourself don’t feel ok, i encourage you to acknowledge your feelings and speak up! whether people want to admit it or not, we all need support and help at some point in our lives, we just need to be brave enough to seek it. 💛💛💛💛 #ruokday#mentalhealthawareness
A couple weeks ago @fevengirmay and i completed safetalk’s workshop on suicide alertness. the workshop prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. i highly recommend that e v e r y o n e does this at some point in their life 😊💛
Like staying at that job we hate because the people are good to us, or staying in a relationship you knew was over but you’re scared of how friends/family will react. -
this way of thinking will often leaves us feeling helpless or ‘stuck’. but in those times it’s important that we cancel out the noise/opinions of others and listen closely to our inner voice for answers. you can usually hear this voice in the shower when a million ideas are rushing through your mind, in the gym when it’s telling you to push through that last set, or in an exam saying ‘you d*****s why didn’t you study some more’ 😅
trust in this voice! because even if it doesn’t work out, we’re better off knowing it was our own decision and nobody else’s.
‘discovering your life’s purpose’ -
have you ever found yourself saying “there’s something i know i was meant to do”? that knowingness is the soul knowing you were born for a purpose. you won’t know exactly what it is now and that’s ok! because through the course of your life it’ll become clearer to you.
something we struggle with is chasing after a life that doesn’t belong to us, or becoming fixated on something that isn’t meant for us. we imitate others and think we want what they have, but that’s when we start to suffer. then things don’t work out for us, but it was never the path for us to begin with.
how do we know we’re on the right path? when we’re no longer in a place to betray ourselves. when we’re no longer forced to compromise who we are or negotiate our integrity. you can simply be you, with peace.
remember: if you have life, you have purpose. ✊🏿
Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do.
no one has achieved anything by only dreaming. hard work is always being done behind the scenes that we don’t get to see.
don’t sleep on yourself! goals take hard work and patience to achieve. don’t look at the end goal as the achievement, start appreciating every good, bad and beautiful moment you experience along the journey. it all equals to a better and stronger version of you! 💪🏿
start this weekend by writing a to do list. #studentoftheprocess
💡 you’re only as great as the people you surround yourself with. this is your friend circle (and often family). if you’re wary about what you say around these people, if they doubt you or are blatantly unsupportive of your endeavours/dreams, then you need to re-evaluate the energy you’re keeping around you.
it’s okay to love people from a distance. its not about being mean to them, it’s about being nice to yourself.