Is suicide an act of bravery or cowardice?

You May Not Like The Answer To This… Short answer: you’re asking the wrong question.For the long answer, keep reading.See, I get this question a lot. And most especially after reports of suicide in the media, like now, in the wake of the recent suicide in by a medical doctor in Lagos, Nigeria. And even though I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Public psychiatric hospitals and services in Nigeria

A lot of people ask me about where they can get psychiatric services in Nigeria, and I’ve been meaning to make a list for a long time. And now, here it is.But first, a few things. First, allow me to give you a brief history of psychiatric services in Nigeria, as this helps explain the way I categorise the […]

If you think suicide isn’t that common, you’re dead wrong. Here’s why.

Every time the subject of suicide comes up in a conversation (usually because there’s one in the media or at times like the recent World Suicide Prevention Day, someone is sure to ask me why we should worry about suicide, and if it’s really such a big deal. (And yes, this has been known to happen even when the […]

Do you too believe these 8 misconceptions about suicide?

This post is in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day — September 10 every year — and the theme this year is, “Connect. Communicate. Care.” Connect. Communicate. Care. Three words that capture three key concepts in suicide prevention. And when you think about it, what they all have in common is that they’re things we can do for […]

“Do I have an anxiety disorder?” Test yourself quickly here!

Ever wondered if you, or someone you care about, might have an anxiety disorder? Here’s a free self-test to help you answer that question! And it won’t even take you more than a minute! This is NOT the same as actually going to see a doctor: the scores you get cannot be used as a diagnosis. But I’ve […]

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