Consultant/Lecturer/Radio Host Gerry McDaniel Talks #Mentalhealth, Stigma (& what The Bible says about it)

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Hi lovelies, happy new week! For today’s #MentalHealthMonday post I’m happy to share with you a very insightful message I received by way of a WhatsApp broadcast that was forwarded to me by a friend, and a short interview with its author, Gerard ‘Gerry’ McDaniel— lecturer, consultant and host and producer of RJR 94 FM’s Palav programme. The message contains wise words (his own perspective) on mental health, the stigma around mental illnesses (and how nonsensical it is) and, most interestingly, what The Bible has to say about it all — I was happy to see it’s quite a bit.

Since he’s a Christian, I found his take on the matter particularly enlightening and refreshing, considering that many other Christians do not share the same sentiments and, due to ignorance, discredit mental illness. Some are known for telling challenged individuals to simply ‘pray harder’ and step up their faith, so his thoughts were a welcome difference. Scroll down to read the excerpt and get acquainted with the wise man who said it all. At the very least, I think you’ll find it interesting too.

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#MentalHealthWeek interview on #MissKittyLive (worth the wait)

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Happy #mentalhealthMonday and Spring Equinox!

Hope all my lovely readers are doing well or, at the very least, working on it as I am doing every day myself. While I’m not in the best of spirits ‘mood wise’ right now, (things have been pretty rough recently), I’m grateful to be able to notice and address it myself – means I still have a handle on things, so all is not lost. ‘Tis the season of growth, renewal and newness, so here’s to trusting God to come through with an awesome demonstration of universal alignment.

Today’s post is short and sweet. It’s really just sharing the audio recording of the 1.5-hour interview I did last October for World Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW16 for Miss Kitty Live’s Wellness Wednesday programme on Nationwide 90 FM here in Jamaica. Continue reading

Here’s why we should #FaceDepression together

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(7-minute read)

Hello lightbeams!

It’s been a while. A lot has been happening for me personally and professionally and I’ve been doing quite a bit in both respects… mostly big changes, hence the quietness around these parts. However, I’m now ready to re-emerge (kind of) because there’s a lot of work to be done.

Remember I mentioned the FaceDepression public awareness campaign and the official launch of its Jamaican arm? Well, it went GREAT!!! See the album here on our Facebook page for proof. (You can also read fellow bloggers Petchary and Bianca Weld’s views on the event if you’d rather not take my word for it) 🙂

As a follow-up, I was invited to speak on the initiative on CVM at Sunrise (a Jamaican morning TV show) on behalf of our team. Anxiety and self-doubt wanted me to say no, but I got a sign from the universe (yes, I’m all about that) that it was supposed to be my job, so I went. I was VERY nervous and flustered, especially when the conversation took an unexpectedly personal turn, but I managed to eke it out and it went really well. In case you missed it (don’t worry, nuff people did), I’ve linked it below, so just go ahead and press play.

Thanks for reading/watching, love and light until next time!