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


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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10 things you probably didn’t know about Jamaica/ns

Jamaica's national bird, the Doctor Bird/Swallowtail Hummingbird.

Jamaica’s national bird, the Doctor Bird/Swallowtail Hummingbird.

Hi guys!!!

We’re already well into 2014 (or at least it feels that way) and I’m just now uploading my first post so happy new year! *crickets* I’m very big on procrastinating not writing unless I’m inspired. Who wants to read posts that ramble on with no real point anyway? Not this girl. Anyhoo, for all of you who are not yet aware, I’m Jamaican — born and bred — and as a paean to the awesomeness that comes with the territory, not to mention the myriad nonsensical questions/comments that I, and several other Jamaicans I know are bombarded with, I’ve decided what better article to publish first this year than a guide to getting around and essentially getting along with the world’s coolest people? (Can you say biased?)

You’d be surprised at the number of persons who, despite living in the information age, either believe we are barely civilised or subscribe to the weed smoking, zinc fence or beach scenes of Jamaican living depicted on television. So without further ado, my list of things to know about Jamaica/ns… useful information if you plan to pay us a visit, or good ideas of what to say (or not to say) if you happen to meet a Jamaican in your country, which you just might. Trust me, we’re EVERYWHERE. Continue reading

Reflections: 25 questions to ask yourself before 2013 ends

White Cattleya

White Cattleya

Hi guys,

Season’s greetings! (Albeit a tad stale). Since I don’t know what you celebrate, I hope the ChristmaHanuKwanzaa season has been good to you 😉 Anyway, most of you know that I’m always reflecting, always seeking opportunities for self growth, balance and improvement, (read: here) and with the year ending soon, I thought it appropriate to share a post I saw on MindBodyGreen a few weeks ago that really made me think, hence the title of this post.

It helped shed some light on a few things in my life and most importantly, showed me my journey and allowed me to realise I can take it easy on myself because I’ve come a lot further than thought I would. I imagine it might do the same for some of you, or, at the very least, facilitate serious introspection and planning for the coming year. Important advice: I urge you all to consistently self-evaluate. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself I believe, and you’ll find that a lot of your ‘faults’ and mistakes are simply due to growing pains, plus it will help provide well-needed perspective that’s bound to come in handy sooner or later. * Continue reading