October 10th of every year has been regarded by The World Health Organisation as the World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is tagged ‘mental health for all’. And several health bodies and persons world wide are deploying every medium to address mental health issues.
Nigerian Comedian, Woli Arole advocated mental health issues by dressing like a mentally ill person and getting several reactions from the public who never even suspected he was acting it all out. He used this to show the perceptions of the public to those who are mentally ill and how they are engaged in different ways.
Sharing via his Instagram page he shares, ‘ I went on the street of Lagos dressed like a “Mentally ill” person, I saw the reaction of a lot of people, some people gave me money, some ran away from me, a guy nearly slapped me, then I realized that a lot of people look down on the “Mentally challenged” in the society, which is not too good there’s more we can collectively do in love. Our psychiatrist hospitals should be looked more into by the government. Some people are not even dressed like this physically, they look good and okay but they are going through “Mental illness” which includes Clinical depression, Anxiety disorder and Bipolar disorder and a whole lots. Please let’s take our “Mental State” seriously. Celebrating #worldmentalhealth2020 ‘