10 things I Know about Bipolar Disorder

Did you ever meet someone who spoke about something and you thought: “I have heard about it, but I know so little about it!” A couple of months ago, one of our members spoke about his/her bipolar journey and triggered my learn more process. I knew the basics, […]

o jewa ke eng? – What is eating you up?

There is a Lesotho tweet by a user calling herself/himself Keabetswe, on Twitter. It is a simple question – o jewa ke eng? – that has received lots of responses. The responses vary from the unemployed narrating the pitfalls of unemployment – rents unpaid, school fees backlogging, meals […]

Postpartum Depression – Chebet’s Story

Chebet’s story, written in her own words. Chebet finally gathered the courage to share her story about post partum depression. She first shared it on whatsApp where she received lots of feedback. She found out that 15 of her contacts had gone through postpartum depression too. Confirming our […]

Awareness – the simplicities and complexities

In previous posts, we have written about Shame and we have written about Harmony. This week, we move on to nr. 3 of the SHAMAR wheel of mental health (Shameless, Harmonious, Aware/Attitude, Motivated, Accountable, Resourceful). Awareness is one of the building stones to good mental health and in […]

Depression is not a joke – a poem

They think you are insane They think you have a choice They think you can voice your pain They think you can get a better solution They think you are a rich spoilt kid They see you as an immature kid who don’t know what life holds They […]

Dealing with time shortage

At times, 168 hours are not enough to accomplish all the things on the “weekly” list. A great deal about mental health and self care is recognizing and accepting time limitation as the stress trigger it is. And then taking control of time to make it work for […]

Sometimes…

Sometimes you try to do the right things for yourself and they turn out to be the wrong things. Sometimes you try to make amends for screwing up and you end up in a deeper hole than you were before. More depressed than you were before. Sometimes change […]

How to handle the damaging cycle of Shame

We all feel some level of shame for something – either something from the past or something in our current lives. The danger with shame is that we can mistake feeling sorry for a mistake – guilt, repentance, remorse, regret etc – with shame. On the other side, […]

The paradox of a peaceful, harmonious life

How do you define Harmony? How do you define Peace-of-mind? Harmony is defined as forming a pleasing or consistent whole. To be free from disagreement or dissent. Which in its essence requires us to consciously reduce the chaos and messes in our lives. Peace of mind is the […]

Personal Connections and Emotional Health

Have you heard of or read Johan Hari’s book, Lost Connections? It is a bold and inspiring book where he shares his own journey with depression – but the book is helpful to far more than just those who suffer from depression. As Hari shows, we all have […]