MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Mental health is generally defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Fundamentals in that definition are
1)Realization of one’s potential
2)Coping with stresses of life
At large our campaigns seek to emphasize these two and recommend clinical means where necessary. Confronting depression, substance abuse, toxic masculinity, relationship stress and the sorts make up the bulk of our mental health awareness campaign.
THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Brains behind the foundation
SECOND CHANCE FOUNDATION
Of late, there has been a spike in suicide rates in Zimbabwe where the following groups have been of notable concern
Social constructs are immensely to blame for suicide tendencies in this group, where historically the narrative is men should bottle up emotions and never vent, unless such venting is through acts of anger and frustration in general. This is notion known as “toxic masculinity” and is unfortunately the reason why suicide rates in this subset continue to be high. Other cause factors are of course applicable, depression and the sorts, and also contribute in spurring on the rates of suicide in men.
A culmination of academic pressures, financial crunches and relationship stress has been established to be the driving factor behind a rise of suicides in this group. Unfortunately, those affected sometimes lose sight of what’s important – which is life itself and wound up taking their own lives.
Other risk factors leading up to suicide in this group include, Depression (which is chief among them) and Substance Abuse. Of course there is more to mention on the subject and this group, and as we have discovered suicide is a multi-layered, complex phenomenon.
Outside these two subsets, other sections of society are also infected by suicides – women, children, professionals and in some shocking instances the elderly. Our scope is all encompassing, with awareness campaigns also reaching out to these other sections.
The aim under our SUICIDE PREVENTION mandate is to reduce rates of suicide to zero. We take up different tools and angles in approaching different groups. The most important, useful tool in as far as suicide is concerned remains….