The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined mental health as a “state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. According to WHO, mental health includes subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, amongst other things.
Now more than ever, the topic of mental well-being has been a topic that is very outspoken about, when in previous years, and within earlier generations it was a taboo one. Now, we have celebrities and influencers opening up about their stories, and their struggles with depression, anxiety, and other various mental illnesses. Openly discussing mental health in society helps break down the stigma surrounding various mental illnesses and it also reminds us that help, and resources are available to us every step of the way. It makes individuals feel that they are not alone, especially considering that 1 in 3 people in the world struggle with some sort of mental illness. This can encourage the ones that struggle to reach out and get the help that they deserve. And let’s be real, we all do struggle to some extent!
Various mental illnesses have their own unique symptoms, and ways of affecting an individuals daily life. Some of the most generic ones are; feeling sad or down, confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, excessive fear of worries, guilt, mood changes, withdrawal from friends, and activities, low energy, issues with sleep, paranoia, hallucinations, detachment from reality, inability to cope with daily stresses, problems with alcohol or drugs and the list goes on.
Mental health issues can feel intimidating to most people, but not when you know there are various resources, people, and activities you can establish in your daily lives that can help them get better. Some resources, and people include therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and even mental health hotlines. A few of the activities that individuals can include in their daily lives is journaling, working out, adopting a healthier lifestyle, meditation, yoga, and even reading. We are also here to present to you one more resource, introducing the Dr. Adel KorKor’s foundation for mental health, to help anyone that feels alone in their struggles.
Dr. Adel KorKor’s foundation is made up of a group of people that come from various backgrounds but all have one goal and that is to support people’s journeys and fight their battles with mental health. They support various organizations like the Five Fifty Fifty Mental Health Run/Walk series, Mental Health America (MHA), International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Brain Research Foundation, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
This Thursday, June 10th 2021, Yalla! Lets Talk. is hosting a mental health event kindly supported by the AB KorKor foundation. It will be an experience full of talented performers, discussions on mental health related topics that go back to our culture facilitated by Arab experts and influencers, and finally speed networking where attendees can meet people and make friends. The event will lead with performers in the beginning, followed by panel discussion, and finally it will end with two cafe breakout sessions meant for networking and they will discuss the following:
50 shades of 3eib and mental health
Stigma on mental health in the Arabic culture is real. In this session, we will explore what different stigmas people face when it comes to mental health, and how we can overcome them.
It’s okay to be human
Anxiety, depression, and mental illness is another pandemic, and it’s something many of us suffer from. Join us to hear people’s experiences with anxiety and depression, learn about cultural pressures as well as some ideas on how to deal with our anxiety.
These are the performers and moderators:
We hope to see you all there!
by Mariam Asif – YLT Staff