This messed up my day......
Stella please, post this on your blog, a friend's son committed suicide yesterday, he had a psychotic episode and the parents took him to a church where they chained, prayed. tortured him for days . He didn't get better, they kept it secret because of the stigma associated with such sickness in Nigeria.
After months , they took him to a hospital where he was being treated and the young man was so traumatized after he realized what happened to him, after he came back to his senses , he took his own life. I heard he has scare all over his body from beatings he endured(I am weeping so hard right now) . This should have been avoided if they took him to hospital first, gave him moral support and love instead of the society blaming him for failing sick.
I am so upset because if the family didn't keep it a secret, as someone who knows about mental sickness, I would have advised them better. So sad, a young promising, intelligent man gone at the age of 18, he cleared his WAEC with A's he was the best in his class. He is already in university and the worst , The episode happened while at school and trust my naija people , if he ever came back to school , they would have started treating him differently
Africans are ashamed of seeking professional help for mental health issues and always blame atrocities on the devil when this like this happen or they kill their wives or parents. 80% of Nigerians have mental issues in varying degrees.
Not only the chronic mentally disturbed naked man on the streets that his sickness degenerated because he was not treated. Why are all churches and mosques full of paranoid and hallucinating congregations. Mental sickness is like diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcer and any other health issues but Africans will rather blame health issues on family curse etc.
I think the media should help and create awareness, sometimes some of them make it worst by always portraying a person with health disabilities in a dehumanizing way( some of them always use this word MAD MAN, MAD WOMAN) and ignorant people laugh at such person not knowing it can one day happen to their love one.
There should be awareness especially in secondary schools because this health problem always start late teenage stage. People should be taught what schizophrenia, depression, anxiety& panic disorders, bipolar disorder etc so when they have this type of problems, they should go to a mental hospital and get help fast instead of running to where they will be chained, tortured and abused.
So so sad.