The Fight against Stigma and Mental Health
Mental health is the level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the state of someone who is “functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment”.
- a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking.
WHAT WE DOING ABOUT IT AT TUKUNDANE.
Through monthly counselling sessions we sit with the women/young women with a professional counsellor who takes the ladies through different actives like educating them different types of mental illness.
During the counselling sessions we offer the members a safe place where discussions can occur on how to deal with the different issues they face and how to live with their conditions.
One of the biggest problems that our member face is stigma from the community due to their status. This can lead the women to being withdrawn, depressed and alone. Through this programme we tackle such issues as stigma through community dialogue with our members, a professionally trained counselling team and the community. We teach the community the true facts surrounding HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases. We provide open days for people to access information for prevention treatments.
Tukundane offers the members activities that help them release some of the stress issues that they face and encourage them to incorporate these into their lifestyles, such as exercise, yoga etc.