Mental health is one of the topics considered very irrelevant in Zambia.  I have heard of people who had everything and still committed suicide without any reason. Mental disorders are very hard to understand, and mostly affect shy, insecure, quiet and very low self esteem people. Mental disorders do not necessarily mean insanity or madness. Some of the most uncommon cases are depression and anxiety.

Although these two are different the similarities are very clear. In both cases it starts small. The smallest things could trigger a mental illness. These people already have a low self esteem and this just makes there minds a ticking time bomb. Introverted people are very sensitive to words, especially from family and friends.

Step One

One Feels Small and Irrelevant: They feel like every thing they do is pointless, this is the first shot so they try again. Attempt number two fails, and no one understands. Remember these people are naturally introverted so they won’t bother explaining.

Step Two

Habits: You see when depression starts; things just stop to make sense. Your eating habits change, you change music genres, your friends say only the wrong things and the worst part is you can’t even explain it. You’re always upset and you don’t even know why. You don’t want to talk, eat, sleep or even breath. Everything’s just doesn’t add up. Change in habits act as a cry for help, but usually no one is there to listen.

Step Three

Lost Purpose: Each person likes certain things. Each person has a talent and this gives one purpose and a reason to carry on. When things are not right in a person’s mind, the person dies every single day. You do not try to live or put your life together, one just assumes it won’t work. You don’t have a purpose, so is life pointless. You’re a mindless fool; you just want to be alone. Together some strength.  To scream and hurt yourself. At this stage you’d have forgotten how to smile so you’ll try to be alone so that no one notices your sorry excuse of a life.

Step Four

Over The Edge: Depression and anxiety could take weeks, months even years. When it  reaches, this stage it mostly ends with suicide, starvation, anorexia nervosa or just insanity. Mental disorders never end well.

Each person has a responsibility and part to play in eradicating mental illnesses. We should be careful what we say, Do and how we act around people that appear “closed”

 These people are sick, because no one in there right mind would even consider suicide. Judging these people makes it worse and the last thing they want to do is talk about it. It’s easier to be careful and not take anyone to that bad position than to deal with a suicidal person. In the last stage, rehab and therapy could be of help.