The majority of Africa children grew up in poverty, I mean real poverty with many not having shoes to wear, not attending standard schools, and many dying of malnutrition
These norms are seen as a normal way of life across Africa and growing up in Africa, back then, even as I thought it was a very bad thing, especially because of the stigma associated with it, poverty
But as I grow up, grow wiser then I begin to realize that was part of life and evaluations of man existence over decades, that even my friend living in the United States also have this to say
He also was an Africa child, born and grow up in Africa, but left Africa late in 2017 and now in the United States, in his shared words, he said
Seeing people, who have all the basic things he could only have dreamed of as a kid back then in Africa, almost made him commit suicide so easily, and so frequently, but God saved him then
But life now has made him realize that money and wealth come with their problems, responsibilities as well and life is not just about money and being wealthy, but about being humane, appreciating natures, and the wounders of living
This has helped one understand that being in poverty earlier in life is not all that bad, it has its negative and positive effects. But let me take you to the beginning of all of this.
Yesterday being October 10, 2021, the global world celebrated World Mental Health Day, this comes every year (and yesterday) as World Mental Health Day was exceptional
The hag tag #WorldMentalDay was trending globally, it was first celebrated as World Mental Health Day back in the year 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health.
The day is observed every year with a special theme, a practice which began in 1994. And so, earlier yesterday and even till today 11th October most people are still celebrating the World Mental Day 2021
Then the WHO and UNICEF noted that at least one in seven children in sub-Saharan Africa continues to experience significant psychological hardship though to poverty, and have recommended an increased investment and access to mental health prevention and response services on the continent.
They also ask Africa leaders to channel they resource on Human capital development, in Africa what most people consider as development are infrastructural development, the construction of roads, buildings, etc
But as the world marks the World Mental Health Day celebration both international organizations said children and adolescents are always at risk of developing mental health problems, especially vulnerable children facing poverty, discrimination, and violence.
The lack of access to basic social, health, and education services, combined with wide-reaching structural inequalities, are all known to be aggravating risks for mental ill-health.
Today across Africa Nigeria, school children are being kidnapped by bandits, Boko haram, and kidnappers for ransom, while some are raped and killed, living in this part of the world has recked most of our children
Poverty wish has many direct and indirect consequences, including lack of a good education, proper nutrition, as well as adequate care from parents who are busy doing many jobs to feed their families.
As a result, more investment should be made, specifically targeting parents, women, and the most vulnerable in society. The Africa national should wake up and provide good governance across Africa, fight to end insurgency across the region
If you are real an Africa child, you too agree with me that growing up In Africa, 85% of our children today all know what or how the sound of a real gun looks like, and even today some Africa children have touch and feel the rent of a gun
Not to talk of that, also the increase of drug abuse, most children today are at the risk of injecting drugs. drugs intakes and many other social verses very dangerous to the mental health
Many are getting drunk at their tender age for the fail of their parents, leadership failure from the government, and poor communal influences to such a point many have considered it as a way of life, which they tag normal things
Many Africa child have taken their life for being too broke, hungry, depressed, and hopeless without help or support coming to their ways
In between all this, one should learn to be strong, be the focus and never take his or her life no matter how broke he is, in my case as an Africa Child, growing up wasn’t that easy
This has made me believe that
No matter how life rides on me, no matter how many times I fail and have to start all over again. I also have no interest in taking a gun and becoming a menace to society by shooting innocent people because the country has failed us, no that is never as all human life should be valued and no solution is gotten through the art of violence
I am so grateful for every little thing that I have: Having a bed to sleep, a church to worship in, a meal to eat, a cup of tea to drink, internet to access, and best my computer system around me building AfriNOTES and all services connected to NL SOFT
Attending to friends, picking customers calls, relating with my beloved family, taking care of my 4 years son who relies so much on me, going to a gym to work out, and eating more green leaves, seriously am ok with what life has given me
Also making and reinvesting more money to build a company of my dream, and legs to walk and eyes to see.
As the world celebrates World Mental Health it occurs to me that there are millions of people who take the happenings around us so serious and most of these event has indeed affected them mentally
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These are my takes yesterday as the world celebrate world mental health day, in your little doings strive to be mentally strong, avoid anything that will be a threat to your mental health, My name is Mbonu Watson C, Reporting from AfriNOTES with thanks for reading, Happy World Mental Health Day 10th October 2021
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