The RISE Manifesto: a call to think differently about health problems

The RISE Way: because there’s more to brief illnesses and persistent conditions than just time. What if there’s a better way to think about health problems than simply chasing cures? I believe there is: I call it the RISE Way. This is a manifesto about health problems. Or more specifically, about the problem with how we […]

I’m Christian and I don’t believe mental illness is “spiritual”

(Except we can agree malaria and measles are, too.) On October 30, 2016, a prominent and otherwise widely respected Nigerian pastor tweeted: “The root cause of mental illness is Sin (Rom 6:23) and the foundational solution to mental health is Salvation.” Let’s just say the tweet ended up deleted. Amid the subsequent furore on Nigerian Twitter […]

20 facts about depression you probably don’t know

You’ll never guess number…just kidding! “Depression.” It’s such a commonly used word, isn’t it? When last did you use it yourself? This week? A month ago? Did you using it of yourself or someone you know? But then do you really know what depression is? What it means for someone to have it? Here’s your chance […]

3 things mental illness and cancer share in common

 In commemoration of World Cancer Day 2017 The first time someone I knew had cancer, I didn’t even know that was what it was. I was not yet 10, and all I knew that my close friend had lost his father over the course of a protracted illness to something called “leukaemia.” It was many more […]

3 things mental illness and cancer share in common

In commemoration of World Cancer Day 2017 Don’t miss the great cancer infographic at the end of this post! The first time someone I knew had cancer, I didn’t even know that was what it was. I was not yet 10, and all I knew that my close friend had lost his father over the course of […]

Newsflash: mental health reporting sucks

But it can be fixed. Here’s how. I’m tired. Tired of waking up to news reports that include terms like this… These were real, and just within the last one week. (You’d think an 11-time TV-station-of-the-year-winner would know better, right?) Just in case you have any trouble with the images, worry not, as I intend to break […]

How are mental disorders inherited? (part 2): traditional beliefs

Doc Ayomide’s Mental Health Breakdown Series This is the second of two posts on inheriting mental illness and was originally published on BellaNaija. In the first part which you can read here, I explained the inheritance of mental illness: how it works, and why the answer to the question is, “Yes and no.” You can enjoy this […]

7 Ways Nollywood Misleads Us on Mental Illness

Nollywood has stepped up plenty in the last decade or so, and become we can be proud of. From oldies (sort of) like Ije and Figurine, to recent hits like Half of a Yellow Sun and October 1, we’ve seen better and better movies and TV shows. But there’s one area Nollywood — and Nigerian […]

Koro: The mystery of the missing manhood

Last week I shared the TALE OF TAMEDO: the story of a man on the streets. If you missed that episode, or you’d like to see it again in one piece, you can find it here. Today I’ll be shining the light on another often misunderstood aspect of mental illness. Enjoy. Most Nigerians are familiar with stories […]

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