Thursday, April 10, 2014

MMMF sends it condolences to friends and fam of its Kisumu region refferal psychologist, Pax Kabunge

Pax, our Kisumu region referral psychologist
I have been holding myself all day not to do this post, awaiting for Adrian to call back and say it is not true but he hasn't called so I have resigned to the fact that it is true...RIP Pax.
On behalf of the my mind, my funk family, I would like to convey my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends our Kisumu region referral psychologist, Pax Kabunge. We had developed a lovely working relationship and she was very passionate about mental health and was in the process of organizing for us a mental health awareness drive in Kisumu.
PS; We will postpone the training slotted for Friday 25th April at The Trade Offices. She had done so much to get us there to create mental health awareness, we will definitely honor her efforts.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lesson 5 of #mentalhealth/digital story telling training; drugs and #mentalhealth

Class Activity; try rotating your right index finger clockwise and your right leg anticlockwise
 Yesterday, my good friends from SCAD Kenya joined our session and we had a good time just learning about drugs and the relationship with mental health. I learnt a lot about drugs including some I didn't know like mandrax and D5 and wait for it Kiwi, yes the one we use for shoes, oooh and the nail polish and henna we use on our nails...and I thought I have lived and seen a lot.

This blog will be more of a Q & A from here;
1. What is a drug?
Anything that alters normal body functions is a drug. All medicines are drugs but not all drugs are medicine.

2. What is substance abuse?
Substance Abuse is the use of illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs

April Reads; I love reading

My April reads
Sometime back I did a post on my love for reading and how my dad inspired it all. I find reading as a therapeutic exercise and with everything happening around me, I need to pause every now and then to absorb things around me and stock take and books help me do that alot. I remember a quote from Ben Carson's Think Big.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

Monday, April 7, 2014

8 Blogs set up over the past month through my #mentalhealth/digital storytelling training; read, comment and follow

i enjoy teaching others how to tell their own narratives,
 teaching always make me feel like I am feeding someone's soul
Over the past month I have been doing a #mentalhealth/digital storytelling training in Kibera powered by Pollination Project's (#seedthechange) and with the BasicNeeds Fellows powered by BasicNeeds UK in Kenya (#bnkef). One of the things I am teaching them to do is to set up blogs so that they can tell their own narratives and through my blog, I have been able to achieve a lot besides the awards, I'd be a proud mama if their blogs won awards, awards way bigger than mine, I have been able to help others understand about mental health and epilepsy, provide assistance to those looking for information and also get therapy for myself. I am doing this training so that they get the same and so much more.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

#hugSitawa Update 3; what I have been up to during my hiatus.

Speaking at the Open Show Nairobi last night where they screened and discussed my
 poetry video and the work MMMF is doing in terms of information and support
If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I am not updating as much and my only posts are links from my blog, well I took a three week hiatus which ends on Monday to do my usual mental cleanse and center things. Now that I am about to get back to that world, I would like to bring you up to date with what I have been up to. I hope you have read the previous #hugsitawa update, this is the third update and since you all took part in the crowdfunding, I think it is only fair if you knew how your contributions are being used. (PS: It is a lot of reading on your end)

1. I have been concentrating on branding
 - I got a logo, website and general brand work done through Spark International's amazing assistance and very patient designer...if you have worked with me you know how indecisive and stubborn I can get.
- I did a video for my poem, a little more, with the amazing assistance from Pawa254's Empawaing Grant. I will use the video for the project's publicity and marketing, got amazing feedback at Open Show Nairobi last night during the screening.
- I did a launch event for the video which also doubled up as a pre-marketing event for MMMF and the event was supported by the 1% funds on what I had budgeted for marketing and organization recognition.
- I did the office (take the tour round our offices) and got a few office basics also supported by the 1% funds.