A lot of Nigerians see depression and suicide as a white man’s sickness. Yet, Nigeria is alarmingly ranked as the fifth suicide-prone country globally. Thankfully, mental health awareness is gradually becoming a thing in contemporary Nigeria. But for a lot of us, 2019 alone has been an emotional year. Many have deep-rooted mental scars, people are dealing with demons daily, walls are caving in on minds, depression is as real as ever and suicide is getting more attractive to millions.
Alcohol, drugs and what not can only numb the pain temporarily. What about the after? The lack of self-confidence, the feeling that everyone is out to get you, the loss of hope and the fear to talk to someone. Society has failed itself….people want out. What is the way? Sometimes all people need is a listening ear…without a leaking mouth, a shoulder to cry on, with no judgment. Unfiltered conversations, hugs and encouraging words. Freedom to be vulnerable without fear or doubt. Someone to assure them that everything will be alright.
‘The darkest time is just before dawn’. Always remember that there is no fire without burning, a candle shines and burns, so does a lantern. Look beyond the pain, push through. In a fallen world, live, knowing your identity is above life’s struggles. People love you, people look up to you and want what you have. There is light at the end of the tunnel. If you going through anything, speak to a trusted friend or family member or seek professional help (therapy), do not underestimate the power of prayer. And if you can, please be available for others, reach out to friends; beyond many bright smiles are battered hearts.