#ST Mental Illness: Politics of Seeking/Getting Help 

There is this mentally ill woman (Aunty Ayo) I have known since I was young and older people also claim the same. Every now and then the hair on her head and pubic area are shaved by unknown people. She relates with people well and buy gifts for children, tell tales of how people with big cars come to her at night only to sleep with her and shave her hair. I saw the woman again today in conversation with people and I thought to myself, what if this woman is taken to see a psychologist and/or psychiatrist she might just be different from the so-called mad people roaming the street.
Rumour has it that she used to be a nurse and was cursed by one of her patients, you would believe this when you see how angry she gets when she sees sick little children,  she goes to the extent of prescribing and most times buying drugs for them.
I look at Aunty Ayo and other ‘mad’  people roaming the street, her good hygiene, love for good quality accessories stands her out among the mainstream naked butt, dirty wèrè we see on our roads.

Where is the Dignity in Mental Health?, By John Minto & Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar – Premium Times Blogs

While a significant amount of work remains to be done before those suffering from mental health challenges can truly be said to be receiving appropriate care and support, there is clearly some ground for optimism. Perhaps the greatest cause for hope in the future is this – the next time you find yourself in a gathering of over 100 people, consider the fact that, as mentioned, 1:5 will suffer from some form of significant mental challenge in their lifetime. If you are one of the 20 who will suffer from mental illness, how would you like to be treated?
Isn’t it time to act – now?

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