Growing up in Nigeria, a sub- Sahara Africa country, I grew up with different myths and ideas of what a disability is and how people with disabilities should be treated. I knew they should not be isolated, segregated and not allowed to participate in normal life events. Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, live a traumatic life because Nigerian society does not believe in intellectual disabilities that do not manifest physically, such a person who lives with Down syndrome or cerebral palsy. Parents face stigma on an everyday basis if their child/children are living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The fear of what the future holds for their children in terms of obtaining adequate health care, education, employable skills and being accepted in the society is always a constant thought for parents. The above coupled with a lack of awareness, stigmatization and discrimination gave birth to my NGO- “The Autism Awareness Place” found at www.taap-ng.org. Here we create awareness and advocate about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our goal is to create an inclusive world for children living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Lagos, Nigeria. The following are some of the ways we will continue to meet our goal: parental meet up and counseling, starting an inclusion first aide club in school and calling on teens to become advocate for an [...]
“I’m going in for a check –up.” Typically we think of check-ups as they relate to our physical health – be it our cholesterol, blood pressure, or weight. We want to take it one step further and encourage you to get a “check up from the neck up." Coined by Patrick Kennedy, encouraging folks to get a “check up from the neck up” is one of our missions. We want everyone to feel comfortable touching base with how they are feeling.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking public education and early intervention program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges. MHFA will be available at the "Breaking The Silence on Mental Wellness: Real Talk, Real Help, Real Solutions Conference” on April 4th and 5th, 8:00am-6:00pm, at Temple School of Medicine 3500 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. This conference is focused on addressing stigma related to behavioral health within the African American community. Over 50 diverse workshops geared toward a wide variety of audiences. Behavioral health screenings will be provided to conference participants as part of Saturday's resource fair.
When it comes to physical injuries or illness, there is an abundance of sources of information, both online and offline, to guide you to the help you need to get better. Websites, books, family or friends, there’s always somewhere you can turn to. But information and resources about mental illness can be a lot harder to find. It’s not surprising, then, that there are a lot of misperceptions when it comes to behavioral health challenges. Here at DBHIDS, we’re aiming to change that.