To celebrate outstanding Young Innovative Africans who committed their time, skills and resources to promote the actualization of the SDGs, active citizenship, youth participation, community service and good governance and policy advocacy in Africa.
For Outstanding Individual Achievement and Exemplary Contributions towards Education in Africa
Our mission is to be committed to combating the stigma associated with mental illness and promoting mental health and well-being for all individuals. We believe that everyone deserves access to compassionate and effective mental health care and that no one should be discriminated against because of a mental health condition. Through education, advocacy, and community engagement, we strive to raise awareness about mental health issues and reduce the barriers that prevent individuals from seeking treatment. We work to empower those affected by mental illness by providing them with resources, support, and a platform to share their stories and experiences.
Mental health comprises our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Likewise, it helps determine how we manage stress, relate to others, and make choices. Health without mental health is incomplete. Mental health is significant at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
You may have a healthy mind and motivation to learn, play, and understand others. Having good ways to deal with your feelings and enjoy life doesn’t mean you will not have a mental illness. Life is full of uncertainty and unpredictability. Just like physical illness, people can experience a mental illness anytime. Many factors like genes or brain chemistry, life experiences, and family history of mental health conditions can contribute to the onset, but Help is available. People with mental health problems can get better or recover completely.
There are lots of Ways to maintain positive mental health, including Relax and reducing stress, Getting enough sleep, Looking after your physical health, Staying positive, Helping others, Finding ways to learn and be creative, Spending time in nature, Connecting with others, Developing coping skills, Getting professional help if you need it, Engaging with those activities can be daunting, be open to a range of approaches and be committed to finding the right support. It can be challenging to find the things that will help you, as different things help different people, take one step at a time and settle for what feels comfortable and go at your own pace, Continue to be hopeful, even when some things don’t work out, Tough times don’t last, but tough does! It will get better.
If you are worried about anyone's mental health and they are not at immediate risk, encourage them to get support from SMIF or any mental health professional and consider helping them to make the initial contact. If you think someone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves or another person call the rescue team.