Category: Mental Health

Mentally Healthy Conversations: Engaging Children

As vital as mental health is to wellbeing, lots of people still downplay the significance of promoting mental health. There is no aspect of our life and livelihood that is not directly or indirectly related to mental health. An individual’s mental health is highly dependent on his/her ability to make use of resources available towards the realization of personal and...

Simply “Mad” or “Mentally ill”? (Episode 3)

The frequency and (or) duration of behavior can help in the determination of the extent to which a behavior is abnormal. Some symptoms of mental illness do not occur all the time. Individuals who have such disorders actually have periods of normalcy. Episodes of abnormal behavior can actually have known triggers. These triggers could be emotional, social, or biological in...

Simply “Mad” or “Mentally ill”? (Episode 2)

In the field of mental health, diagnosis of mental illness is always made following guidelines. These guidelines were never made arbitrarily but through a painstaking process of research and evidence across diverse populations. There are some clinically significant forms of behavior that are peculiar to specific cultures. Such culture-bound syndromes in mental health are also described from evidence.

“The mental health effects of rape are multiple and difficult to predict”-Mapayi

In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Mapayi delves into the issue of rape and its effect on the mental health of victims. Happy reading! PLEACenter: Recently, there seems to be an upsurge in gender-based violence, including rape. What exactly is rape? Rape is unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of...

COVID-19 and Suicide: The need for global mental health promotion

Suicide has been an issue of public health concern before the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports suggest an increase in suicide during the peak of the spread of the infection in some developed countries. This spike appears to be more among those who have lost loved ones or resources. There have also been reports of suicide among frontline health workers who...