Letters to the Editor

Remembering Zimbabwe on World Mental Health Day

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Many people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life – some short-lived, some long-term. If we want a society where everyone can play their part, then we need to make sure we support and promote opportunity for all, including those living with mental health problems.

Mental health stigma and discrimination exacerbate broader social and health inequalities and present major challenges for people with mental health problems to live as equal.

It is stressful that the Zimbabwean Government has totally forgotten about people living with mental health illness because of the economic crisis. These people are facing many challenges like homelessness. They roam aimlessly in the streets without proper clothing and are usually dirty. Others face unemployment due to discrimination and they are isolated from other people in the society as many Zimbabweans do not tolerate them.

The Zimbabwean Government, particularly President Emmerson Mnangagwa, should be forced to support people with mental health problems and be reminded again and again that it is a human right to have access to medical facilities that help mental health illness.

Tapiwa Muskwe

1 Laker Court

Studley Road, Stockwell

London

mrtmuskwe@gmail.com


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