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The other face of mental illness

The mental health of our society is a growing concern that is affecting family life. Susan (not her real name) gave the following testimony of how she overcame her challenges.

My real name has been withheld because I believe that as a people, we have not yet reached the level of maturity that will allow me to tell my story without being stigmatised; and this is due to the fact that mental illness is associated with the torn and tattered man on the street, pelting stones at the public. I too felt that way until my own experience with mental illness.

As a child I witnessed my uncle undergoing episodes of confusion. I had no understanding of it then, but in my later years I was to correctly identify these episodes as mental illness.

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