Mental Health in Kenya – Njoki’s story

Mental Health in Kenya – Njoki’s story

Blog, Mental Health
          I strolled into Java Yaya Centre excited to visit with an old friend. The person whom I met was not the same woman I had not seen for 10 years. We had found each other through facebook and I looked forward to some old memories. Njoki aged 44 was born into what we would call a middle class family. She was brought up in the outskirts of the city and we had met when I was in school. She narrated sadly that her parents had passed away and had 3 others who were living and working in Nairobi successfully. The deaths in her family had happened in a space of 12 months and she had been struggling to come to terms with the loss. She…
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Mental Health in Kenya – My thoughts

Mental Health in Kenya – My thoughts

Blog, Mental Health
I arrived home mid February 2017 for rest and recuperation. During this time, I had an opportunity to hold discussions with different people on Mental Health in Kenya. Mental Wellness is for everyone and I found persons with terminal illnesses had little or no support especially for lower income service users.  It was fantastic to meet and hear from other people that the discussion had started. My only concern was that there were a lot of personal projects and there was a need for an umbrella body or collaboration that was needed as different positive skills were obvious to me. My interest was to research what was on the ground and a place for skill migration supporting mental health in Kenya. I am an ambassador/project board member for The Nous,…
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SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Blog, Mental Health
Extract from "Wounded: The Journey of a Nameless Woman” by Waírímú K Warobi© It was an early Sunday morning in November 2015, the streets were quiet and there was no activity. The sky was grey in London; the beginnings of winter cold crept in. The morning fog was heavy, and no doubt everyone snuggled in a bit deeper under the duvet, hoping they didn’t have to go to church that day. I stepped on to the balcony to search for the London eye, I couldn’t see the wheel. The light and dark seem to mingle together as the morning struggled to wake up. If it were not for the fog in my head, the crisp morning and fresh air was good for the soul. “Lord winter mornings are hard” I…
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Brain Fog – I don’t want to lose my mind

Brain Fog – I don’t want to lose my mind

Blog, Mental Health
Dear Lord help me, I don’t want to lose my mind! The day before yesterday I locked myself out of my house again! God knows I cannot afford to fork out another £80.00 to get a new lock. Yes, I have done it before! I mindlessly pick the keys where I put them everyday, only this time I picked the wrong keys, walked to the store and came back to find my access fob is the wrong one!! My mind has been numb for a while. I knock on my neighbours door, as luck would have, this time I had left my balcony door open. My whole spine is screaming as I cannot stand for long and every nerve had started a rendition of the Hallelujah as sung my Katherine…
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The Power of Your Story

The Power of Your Story

Blog, Mental Health
I have always wrestled with telling my story simple reason at times people look at me like I dropped from Venus on a space ship. Other times is knowing when and where I can tell it like it is. So I pour hours of writing in a book that I want to see published other times I want the earth to open and swallow me up at the thought of being vulnerable. At the age of 10 I looked up at my dad and told him, “daddy I am going to write 5 best sellers and live off the royalties”. After moving to England my dear father started bothering me, “when are you going to do it?”. My first book “Zuena” which means “Beautiful” in Arabic, is a story of…
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I have a diagnosis, Help!

I have a diagnosis, Help!

Mental Health
“Doctor, I cannot take it anymore,” tears spilled from my eyes from my very soul. “Miss Warobi what is wrong, I have not seen you like this, you are very resilient?” This was August 2012. Symptoms: I was over sleeping, never getting enough rest. I cried so much and the thought of leaving my house brought on panic or anxiety attacks. My body ached: joints and muscles had tremors, my back felt like I had a sack on my back which I badly needed to give away. I forgot stuff my concentration was everywhere and my bed was my best friend. Unknowingly I started withdrawing from people. My simple answer was always “I am fine”. “Miss Warobi do you realize you are depressed!” “No doc” I said, “I am stressed…
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How I feel when I am depressed

How I feel when I am depressed

Mental Health
I run a closed Facebook page that allows people to discuss their mental health issues, get information and support each other.  I initially started the group Good Friday 2015.  I felt that it was important to create a safe place for Black, Asian and Ethnic minorities to ask questions and share their concerns.  Initially it was meant to be for women who I hoped to mentor or create training programmes for people with mental health issues to learn the balance of being a lady and a boss inspite of a diagnosis.   I have a primary diagnosis for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome and a secondary diagnosis of depression.  I also have mobility issues due to slipped and I am registered disabled.  When I say disabled, I dont mean I…
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The Power of Collaboration – The Nous and Lady Boss

The Power of Collaboration – The Nous and Lady Boss

Mental Health
On 5th March 2016, I participated as a panel member in a workshop hosted by The Nous to raise awareness on "Understanding Depression". Depression is defined by symptoms that include low mood for an extended period, sadness and hopelessness, loss of interest in life, loss of concentration, appetite and can include suicidal thoughts. This can be through a life events, stress or illness. It can be treated both psychological talking therapies and medication. As one who suffers from depression as a secondary diagnosis, I also work in a Community mental Health team, I was grateful to share my experiences and thoughts from the different places I sit. My primary diagnosis is Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue syndrome which is a recognized central nervous system disorder that has no cure. Our friends from across…
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Mental Health is not for Sale!!!

Mental Health is not for Sale!!!

Mental Health
A few weeks ago, I sat on my bed absolutely shattered with a deep sense of sadness.  The sadness that causes you to  hunch over and sigh with frustration asking yourself why do you fight for others?  Why are you doing this?   I answered myself  "if you had never experienced  a mental health issue or a physical disability, how would you appreciate the challenges  of others?" True, the activist never dies no matter the situation.   The  sadness led me to pray, for those who have disabilities, physical, learning and mental health issues their carers and professionals who support service users.  I am soft like that. When you denigrate the hard work professionals put in to support mental health sufferers, the temptation is to slap you into next week.  Community Mental…
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