Mary Chinda, Nigerian journalist and author, has urged Nigerians dealing with depression to unmask their pain as this would help to bring them out of their depressed state.
Chinda, who has survived depression, made this known at a conference organised to celebrate her birthday.
The conference, titled ‘Dealing with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts’, was held in Lagos last week and was attended by Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola and child sexual abuse survivor Anthonia Ojenagbon, among others.
Explaining why she decided to organise the conference instead of throwing a big party to celebrate her birthday, she said she realised many people like to stay in their comfort zone rather than “move and stretch”. Mary, author of ‘The Single Lady: Starting Over’, shared her story on how she was able to come out of depression by unmasking her pain.
“Depression is not a white man’s ailment as we were raised to think,” she said.
“It’s sad to know that at least 800,000 persons die by suicide each