We hope you have been keeping up with our Mental Health Awareness series. If you haven’t, you can watch the stories of the brave individuals who shared their story and openly talked about the challenges they have faced with depression and anxiety.
We caught up with Rozan, a visionary and humanitarian and here’s her story.
“I have a story to tell but I don’t know how to start because I feel like mental health is something that doesn’t really have a beginning or an end. For me it has been a case of realising that something wasn’t washing very well with my spirit and a journey of learning how to deal, heal and live with its existence.
Despite popular opinion and pre-conceived notions that come with success, I have battled with myself and my thoughts. I have these saboteurs that live within me that make me question myself and my achievements despite them being very clear.
I could not understand why I have moments where I can’t get out of bed for 3-4 days sometimes.
Five years ago, I decided to go and see DR Sebi, a man who I consider a hero today. Through him, I learnt that what you eat is closely related to how you feel. When you toxify and acidify your body, you toxify your mind.
I also realised that a lot of my issues came from my childhood. I was bullied and as a defence mechanism I turned into a bully and I started to bully myself too.
It’s taken me my whole life to reach a point of contentment. However, there is no consistency to my contentment. This is something I am always working on because the hardest thing to deal with is yourself.
Kenya has played a big role in my healing journey.Whenever I am at a point of physical burnout , I come to Kenya and Mother Nature always give me a big hug and I feel a beautiful sense of home every time I land in Nairobi.
I am happy to see platforms like Bonga exist so that we can dissect and explore mental health. We all know that in Africa there’s taboo, cultural arrogance and stigma around issues of mental health. Saying you’re mentally unwell is bratty… you have two arms, two legs, you’re successful, what more do you want?
As Africans I feel like we are a bit more fortunate because we have great food, great weather and the sense of community in Africa is prevalent. when you are going through depression, isolation can really add to that and I’m happy that the foundations of community exist in Africa and its time for us to talk about it more.