Elani performing Mahindi (2018). Co-written by Meshack Otieno.
Message from Elani:
"According to Kenya’s National Food and Nutrition Security Policy (2012), more 10 million Kenyans suffer from chronic food insecurity and poor nutrition. Between 2 and 4 million people require emergency food assistance at any given time. Nearly 30% of Kenya’s children are undernourished and micro-nutrient deficiencies are widespread. The Constitution of Kenya recognizes that each one of us has a right to adequate food. Despite our constitutional commitment, national legislation, policy and practice fail to implement and monitor solutions to food security. We need to change the course of action from chronic hunger, industrial agriculture and food aid, to a discussion about food rights and accountability. We cannot let our people starve to death and not raise our voices against it. Life and death. We cannot be quiet about it. And it's time we discuss it. We are taking a stand against the politics of food, because it is immoral that the benchmark for life rests on the threshold of survival. Let this song spark a conversation and open up the minds and hearts of all Kenyans to speak out against this chronic food security problem that is crippling our nation. Let's all come together and work towards realising our human right to food for every man,woman and child. Special mention & acknowledgement to the Route To Food Alliance for joining and helping us push this agenda. For more insight, information and how to join us. Click on the link below. https://www.routetofood.org/"
In the previous post, we learnt what psychological disorders are. To recount what we learnt, psychological disorders, also referred to as mental/psychiatric disorders/illnesses, are, according to DSM-5, 'syndromes characterized by clinically significant disturbances in an individual's cognition, emotion regulation, or behaviour that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning'. They are usually associated with significant distress in social, occupational, and/or other important activities. It is important to note that an expected/culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder. Socially deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) and conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are not mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict results from a dysfunction in the individual, as described above (excerpt from Psychology Today). Today, with the help of this video from Crash Course, we learn about obsessive-compulsive disorders and anxiety disorders.
N.B. Making jokes about psychological disorders is not only insensitive, but also ignorant. Using these disorders as nicknames for things people do only increases the stigmatization that people who actually suffer from them face.
1. YouTube channel Crash Course.
3. Psychology Today.
*All cited material is linked to its source.
Did you know that 20% of the world's population suffers from psychological disorders? Going by the current world population, listed by the U.N as 7 billion, that's 1.2 billion people that struggles with mental disorders. In Kenya, 1 in every 4 people is likely to suffer from mental illness in their lifetime (yet the country has only 88 psychiatrists and 427 nurses qualified to handle the illnesses in the 14 mental health hospitals, which have a bed capacity of between 15 and 25). Despite these staggering statistics, many people still do not know what mental health means or what psychological disorders are and there is a general stigmatization of people suffering from psychological disorders. It is time that we had this conversation.
Video source: Crash Course
Have you ever had a love that went away? A person that you connected with but is now a stranger? Have you ever wondered how it could possibly feel like being aromantic? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this song is for you. Enjoy this cover of Bridgit Mendler's Atlantis.