Mental Health Issue
In Nigeria, the only mental health issue is actual madness. Well, every mental issue is madness, but the average Nigerian person would only regard a ‘mad man‘ on the street as the only one with a mental issue.
Mental health issues don’t exist for us except you are mad and running naked on the streets.
So, that said, we want to look at the ridiculous things people say about mental health issues. I’m sure you must have heard one or two of these.
Prayer Is The Key
Imagine a situation like this: You tell your friend
Have you prayed about it
, prayeris the key. Let me give you my pastor’s number.
While prayer and praying sound ideal, a rather reasonable reply before that should be ‘Do you want to talk about it?’.
Your Own Is Even Small
So you are having financial issues and it’s pushing you to a dark place. You are clueless what to do and then you told someone, and he goes:
Is that the only thing, well, your own is even small, my Landlord just gave me a quit notice
We all have problems, but it really
E Be Like Say You Don Chop belleful
So this one is a common line when you tell someone you are going through some stuff that many people shy from talking about.
Let’s say you are struggling with gender identity (some people are, so.)
So you tell someone about this and then he goes:
It’s not your fault, I don’t blame you! E be like say you don chop bellyful
E Be Like Say You Never Chop Today
Everyone is going through one challenge or the other but c’
So you tell someone
ke? Ahh, E be like say you never chop today. Eat, you’ll be better.
Oyinbo Problem Be ThattahT eB bb b melborrPPmloP
After explicitly explaining how you feel and what you are going through, they will then tell you:
Na Oyinbo Problem Be That
It’s Like That Thing Is Trending Now
When you tell someone
Depression? It’s like that thing is trending o.
So I shall end it here. Although there are thousands more ridiculous things people say to people struggling with one mental issue or another.
We shouldn’t take these issues likely because they are there and people are struggling with these issues on a daily basis.
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