Women’s Mental Health Important

| June 16, 2015

Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Gabatlotlane Sekwakwa, says it is important to nurture, facilitate and support women.

Speaking at the Seventh Day Aentist Church mental health conference recently, Ms Sekwakwa also said there was need to adequately address issues of physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing among hurting women within the church.

She indicated that many women lived in pain, shame and suffering but remained silent about their conditions whereas others deserted the church because they felt God had forsaken them.

Ms Sekwakwa further commended the conference organisers for their foresight and wisdom to recognise the need to develop a woman. She added that the conference would also enhance paths, especially for the young aentist women’s involvement in the church and in their self-discovery and self-actualisation.

The church’s Botswana Women Ministries director, Ms Susan Williams said the conference aimed to raise awareness since mental health issues among women were not addressed.

Ms Williams said there were many women who were going through problems such as depression, forgiveness as well as anger management. She said the conference would benefit the women because it would come up with ways to address such issues.

On the other hand, Dr Alexis Llungo of Internal Medicine explained to attendants that mental disorder was an illness of the mind that could affect a person’s thoughts and behaviours, thus preventing them from living a happy, healthful and productive life.

“Most mental disorders develop when a biological or genetic predisposition is triggered by stressful environmental events or circumstances,” Dr Llungo said.

He added that biological, psychological and social risks factors all played a role in the development of mental disorders.

The four-day conference gathered women from all Seven Day Aentist churches across the country in order to share, raise awareness and discuss issues of women’s mental health.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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