THE SHIBERO SHOW
Creating Mental Health Awareness & Care in Africa
Depression on the continent is fast escalating and silently impacting many individuals and families in Africa today. While depression is the leading cause of disability for both males and females, the burden of depression is 50% higher for females than for males ‘W.H.O. 2008′ and ‘A Situational Analysis: Women & Mental Health Disorders in Nairobi, Kenya. Shibero Akatsa. 1998; 2010; 2015, 2020.’ By 2030, depression is expected to be the largest contributor to the disease burden (WHO 2008).
For many individuals and families, for fear of the stigma, traditional myths and taboos, and the repercussions attached to mental illness, suffer silently, others seeking help at crisis point, yet others slip into irreversible mental illness, and others committing suicide.
About Shibero and Mental Health Issues
Shibero has 25 years of enabling and empowering individuals, families, communities (international and in Africa), organizations and communities through mental health and psychosocial interventions and life skills mentoring. She has worked in a wide variety of situations and with people from all over the world, in Africa and the United Kingdom. Shibero’s heart and passion from adolescent years,, has been in psychosocial and mental wellness, especially for women, communities, and families. A summary of her work can be found on her LinkedIn profile.
*break the stigma, taboos, and myths surrounding mental illnesses in Africa
*create awareness and educate people about mental health issues
*to enable and encourage individuals to take responsibility for their mental wellness
*advocate for appropriate community facilities
*to normalize mental health, so that communities have a healthy attitude towards mental health
LINKS TO THE SHIBERO SHOW EPISODES
AFRICANS. STOP THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILL HEALTH
CREATION OF THE SHOW
The Shibero Show, was developed by Shibero after her observations and experiences of mental disorders and illnesses within her wider family, friends and clients from her clinical therapeutic practice in Africa and abroad. Out of these experiences, Shibero was led to research on women and mental health disorders in Africa, and more recently – August 2020, a survey on mental wellness via social media.
Having lived in the USA and the United Kingdom, where mental wellness was accessible and not a taboo, Shibero realized that Africa has a unique story to tell on issues affecting community mental wellness and accessibility of services. Shibero can also be found at: https://goehealing.wixsite.com/womensmentalwellness advocating for women’s mental wellness; at https://openmindskenya.wordpress.com/ advocating for people to break the stigma of mental illness on the continent, and at https://wcrsckenya.wordpress.com/ where she was involved in women and girls emotional Wellness & Life Esteem Development
” It is my prayer to use The Shibero Show as a creative, platform to help viewers understand how much of the physical is influenced by the psychological world. I intend to use this platform to help viewers become more aware and understand that dealing with a mental illness does not mean they are doomed. Just as each of us have challenges in our physical health we also have challenges in our mental health from time to time (anxiety, grief, trauma, relational issues, work stress, and so much more) that can, and will impact our lives.
However, the key is knowing when and how to go about receiving help or taking time out for self-care. I look forward to sharing with viewers who will tune into the show.
everything around us as humans has either a positive or negative impact on our mental health and our overall well-being. In addition to learning from the guests that appear on the show, most importantly, viewers will enjoy every moment of each episode and hopefully get excited about mental and emotional wellness!”