Stigma is frequently associated with mental illness, and sometimes, in the South Sudanese community, this can be seen as a sign of weakness. This can result in people avoiding talking about or sharing their experiences our of fear of judgement.
In this beautifully animated video, Ez and Adongwot reflect on mental health and the factors that prevent the community from talking about it. They encourage members of their community to talk to loved ones and professionals to when they need help.
Meet the South Sudanese Community Leadership Group
Angeth is passionate about travelling, playing netball, and ’giving back’ to her community. She is currently studying a Diploma in Community Services and works as a Youth Liaison Officer at a school. When Angeth thinks what makes a great leader she identifies with her grandfather, Dr Toby Madout who fuelled Angeth’s love for advocacy and helping others. Her favourite word in Dinka is deng, which means “rain”. Rain is seen as a blessing in Dinka culture.
One of the main reasons Angeth wanted to get involved in the MHLP was to help breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health. Her main lesson from partaking in the project was the opportunity to reflect on her mental health and the importance of self-care.
Mental health infographic in Dinka
Statistics, tips and resources about mental health in Dinka.
Mental health infographic in Nuer
Statistics, tips and resources about mental health in Nuer.