Raise your hand if you’ve heard ANY of the following:
- “Why you so tired, you went work?”
- “Why you overreacting, it ain’t ever that serious.”
- “Wuh you got to be depressed bout? You got life and a roof over you head!”
- “You doan pay bills, wuh you got to be stressing bout?”
Contrary to popular belief, mental health problems are far more common than most are willing to admit or acknowledge. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in four individuals will be affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. Mental illness has no face or preference to race, class, gender, or age… Okay, maybe it does with age; young people are uniquely vulnerable to mental illnesses, with depression being one of the leading causes of illness and disability in our age group, and suicide ranking as the third highest cause of death among 15-19-year old youth.
Unfortunately, you can rarely tell by just looking at someone that they are struggling with their mental health. The brightest smiles often hide a world of pain. The funniest person in the room could be desperately grasping at a bit of sunshine to keep them alive for at least one more day. Therefore, it’s so important that we encourage young people to verbalize their mental health. Yet, we still so afraid to talk about the mental health of adolescents.
It is for these reasons that Talk Tuh Me was founded. This platform aims to break the taboo and spark much need conversations about mental health in Barbados. In doing so, we strive to change the way mental health problems are perceived among Barbadians. We believe that by encouraging young people to share their experiences, we can help to increase the understanding of mental health and sensitize them to the importance of maintaining a good health balance. This improved understanding can then lead to the removal of the stigma surrounding mental health and result in greater acceptance of individuals enduring psychological suffering.