Don Jazzy condemns stigmatization in celebration of World Mental Health Day 2019

Today happens to be World Mental Health Day and at such a time as this, while so many persons are busy celebrating it out loud on social media and even have it trending on twitter, some other persons are apparently still confused on what the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay is all about.

However, Wikipedia expresses it as a “day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma”. They also wrote that it was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people’s life worldwide. In some cases, this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.

Along the line earlier today, following up with its trend on social media, I came across a funny and mind twisting tweet from a user on twitter asking if we know that our mobile phones and social media damages our mental health? And that if yes, what’s the solution? with the aim of getting responses and replies from different individuals.

One of Nigeria’s most renowned ace producer and songwriter popularly known as Don Jazzy, tweeted that “many Nigerians have misconceptions about mental illness, leading to stigmatization of sufferers of it”.

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Nevertheless, I feel it’s a day celebrated so as to encourage and enlighten individuals about the importance and benefits attached to having a good mental health status and also a way of getting to remind and reach out to those who are mentally unstable or may have not been aware or knowledgeable enough to know and understand how much gain and peace is attached to being mentally stable.