Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I love success stories; The Ray C story

Good afternoon beautiful people,

Pray you are doing fine and life is treating you well...to my fellow Kenyans, pray you have bounced back after the long weekend. So I am in the office creating and just looking for ways to make mental health services that I provide through My Mind, My Funk and my amazing team even better and I get this really touching message on how I am someone's shujaa (hero) and I look back at people who have gone through things especially those who have gone through things in the public eye.

I think of Conjestina,
I think of Ray C,
I think of so many other people,
People who are still here,
People who left a long time ago,
People who left too soon,
People who we don't know where they are,
I think of so many people,
Then I think of Ray C again and decide to Google her.
I remember when I was in Dar, Tanzania in August and was hosted by my girl Gloria at Clouds FM, I asked if she had heard anything about Ray C and when Google pulled out this video, just watching it to the end blew me away.

I know people will look (not take time to watch it) at this video and say;
'Look her light she has become maybe she is bleaching -  I once saw this comment on social media
or "look for big she has become will she ever shake her waist again?"

But I watched this video and said;
"I have to share this, this is a success story
...yes there might be relapses,
...yes yes yes to some of those things crossing your mind
but stop and see how far she has come.
Stop and think of the struggle it was to disentangle from an addiction.
Stop not to pity her but stop and applaud the strength that was born from all this.
The strength seen through all this.
You may not relate to some of these things but let those who can know that there is hope,
Let them know that there are success stories
Stories we can create if we don't give up on ourselves and on our loved ones
Stories we can be part of if we stop saying they are careless because we care less.

Living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar is a constant struggle for me, but everyday I say, "Sitawa, do not give up on yourself...do the best you can with what you have" and little by little doing my best has created a mental health movement...I now offer Kenyans mental health info and support through a FREE mental health SMS helpline.

But it all began somewhere,
somewhere where people had written me off,
somewhere where people thought I would not amount to anything,
somewhere where people could whisper behind my back and not talk to my face because they didn't want to deal with me and my issues of falling down and spacing out
...somewhere where I found hope,
somewhere where I found purpose,
somewhere where I got my ministry, my mental health ministry
and I have been able to create somewhere where people can get that hope too through my FREE mental health (and epilepsy) helpline 22214.
somewhere where more success stories will begin.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drum Magazine names me among 100 local Movers and Shakers

Today is Mashujaa Day where we celebrate our heroes...i am humbled Drum Magazine celebrated me among 100 movers and shakers. Grab your October issue and see who the other movers and shakers are.

Take a minute to celebrate all the heroes in your life...heroes need heroes too.

Friday, October 3, 2014

My mind, My Funk invites you for a FREE Screening of Call me Crazy, A Five Film

Good morning beautiful people,

Pray you are doing well this cold Kenyan morning and have that TGIF (do people still say that?) vibe going on. Grind never sleeps at Sitawa-Ville and October being World Mental Health month, you know my mind, my funk is on its toes trying to make sure there is flow of info and support for all Kenyans.

Next week Friday is World Mental Health Day and I will be screening the movie Call me Crazy which I have talked about over and over here and on social media. The screening will be at Pawa254 on Friday 10th October from 6p and it is FREE and open to all, RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/284491445075504/

Sending love and light.

See trailer below;

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 days of mental health (:

Happy new month beautiful people....

Happy end of last quarter Sweetlings....

You all know I am a lover of new beginnings, freshness, start points and my list can go on and on...October is here and I don't know what side of its arrival makes you happy, but I have a long list which I will spare you from.

October is also mental health awareness month and every day from today till 31st October, I will be doing a tweet chat on mental health related topics using ‪#‎31daysofMentalHealth‬ looking forward to your participation.

Sending love and light as we begin all over again (:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

We officially launched our FREE mental health Helpline; 22214

With Nairobi County Women's Rep;Rachel Shebesh at Mathari North Health Centre
where she officiated the launch of my FREE mental health helpline
Good evening beautiful people,
I totally love days like today when I get online to update you on amazing things happening in Sitawa-Ville (here is the last update in case you missed it).

As you may (or may not know), September is International Suicide Prevention month, a month set out to promote worldwide action to prevent suicide. As part of the global goal to reduce and prevent suicidal cases,  I launched a FREE SMS service 22214 that offers information and support for mental health and epilepsy and related ailments at an event at  Mathari North Health Centre, yesterday. The launch was officiated by one of my good peoples; Nairobi County Women's Rep Hon Rachel Shebesh.  (See pictures here)