Article courtesy Mindfully Africa
As the world continues (and rightly so) to celebrate women from all walks of life this March and beyond, Mindfully African, an online community created for African women to be educated about their mental health and wellbeing, is focusing on celebrating African women and empowering the next generation. African women across the world are indefatigable leaders, hard-workers and advocates for social justice. However, most often than note, due to lack of time, or the few policies focusing on mental and physical health intervention, they neglect its importance. Many have even used non-specialist health providers in local communities, which reduce the cost of care.
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Raimah Amevor, founder and CEO of Mindfully African, is changing this, working with practitioners, local authorities, African government, diaspora associations and mental health practitioners. Mindfully African has built Africa’s first mental health directory, where you can find contact details of qualified counsellors, psychologists and nutritionists that serve the entire continent. In addition, they have brought together qualified professionals from across Africa to provide women, young and mature, with content catered for them and by them that they can trust to help take care of their mental and physical well-being and reach full potential.
As stated by world institutions, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations, mental health intervention impacts the economic circumstances of individuals and households affected by mental illness. Studies that evaluated the economic impact of these interventions, showing how clinical and economic improvements go hand-in-hand. It’s overly evident that there’s a need for more African governments to make mental health a national development priority and position women at its centre, to lead and advance a nation’s productivity.
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How many things are you doing that are slowly chipping away at your soul? How many people are you tolerating that should’ve been left in your past and not your future? As the year ends, reflect on the things , people or places that no longer reflect the person who you want to be Make a choice, choose you 💕
Mindfully African is working across Africa, with the aim to strengthen information systems, improve governance and calculate the costs of scaling up integrated care packages for women. Improving women’s mental health will help unlock development potential, a neglected link in the development chain in Africa.
Thus, Raimah believes that it is important to celebrate the amazing work of African women, whilst investing in mental health to promote resilience on the continent. After all, good mental health is just as much a means to social and economic development as it is a worthy goal in itself.