Opening up About Mental Health and Getting Help

Mental health issues affect around eleven percent of the global population. This refers to any mental health disorder at all and includes depression and anxiety. In the states, the number is said to be even higher. One report, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, states that over 50 million Americans are living with … Read more

When women break down: Healing Kashmir’s emotional wounds of war

Founder of a Kashmiri organization helping to care for women’s psychological wellbeing, Justine Hardy continually fights to raise awareness of the effects of violence on mental health. This article first appeared on Women’s Voices Now There is one question that comes up again and again in the lectures I give on the psychological effects of war on … Read more

Morocco’s traditional ‘spiritual healing’ belies mistreatment

By Simon Martelli BOUYA OMAR, April 9, 2014 (AFP) – A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls. These are Morocco’s “possessed” – from violent schizophrenics to hard drug users – who are … Read more

Stability and Sustainability: Interview with Dr Hawa Abdi

Somalia needs aid but only to help it stand on its own two feet. Dr Hawa Abdi tells Sya Taha about her hopes for Somalia’s future. It is a calm and cool afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya, when I catch up with Dr Hawa Abdi over Skype. After working hard in Mogadishu’s difficult circumstances with her two physician … Read more