Mental Health In Jamaica | LLekia Crewe

  • How are/ were you affected by mental health?

At the age of 17 I was diagnosed with severe depression and PTSD. Prior to that time, I know something was wrong. The once happy me was gloomy and dark and socializing had become a strenuous task for me. In a way i lost myself, I lost my happiness and my outlook on the world. I lost years of my life and the ability to make connections. 
  • How are you being supported? 

I attend weekly meeting with my therapist. I try to engage myself with arts and crafts. I engage as much as possible in physical activity. 

  • Do you feel that schools have the tools to support the youths suffering from mental health illnesses? 

I say no. Everyone has a different approach to mental health and as such opinions clash. Some people are allowed to Express themselves while others aren't allowed or are accused of being weak. Many students suffer from mental health issues but won't vent because they are scared of the reaction they might get. I was in high school suffering crying every day and was told that I was overreacting. I was fighting me to be me. 

I believe in order to better this stigma we all have to be willing to listen and act accordingly. The judgment is not needed. There is no health without mental health. 

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