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Why Egyptians Are Not Yet Aware of Mental Health Issues

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In the recent years, we have started to hear about campaigns advocating for mental health on social media. We have started to encounter real life stories on depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and mood swings, we have also started to see small TV segments with psychiatrist, therapist and psychologist to tackle the matter more professionally.

Although a lot of people have taken upon their shoulders to raise awareness on that serious sensitive matter, the majority of Egyptians are still skeptical about the importance of mental health.

Here are the reasons why

The Stigma:

We’ve grown up in a culture where only the legit crazy ones go to psychiatrist, and by legit crazy I mean the ones who totally lost their minds, suffer with hallucination or walk around murdering people. The stigma that follows people who seek professional help for a better life is insane. In spite of the fact that some people now are aware of the importance of mental health, a lot of individuals keep their weekly visits to a therapist or psychiatrist a secret.

Expressing Feelings:

I don’t believe that we were raised to express our feelings freely, we always get judged for it. If you are a girl, you will be told you are too dramatic; if you are a guy who expressed his feelings of depression, you would be called to man up. We are not educated enough or at all of what feelings are considered normal and what requires professional help.

Religious background:

There is no doubt that our culture is best known for its religious and conservative views. However, basing mental health on religious views isn’t entirely right. A lot of mental health cases require medications, sessions and a long-term treatment. Prayers are spiritual; however, medications might be required for a better mental health.

Lack of Awareness:

As I mentioned earlier, we have absolutely no education on mental health and illness, what is supposed to feel normal and what requires medical attention. Plus, we are not aware of the differences between a psychologist, psychiatrist and a therapist. In brief, a psychologist and a psychiatrist can diagnose cases more and determine the right treatment and medications, while a therapist help patients to make decisions and offer support and guidance.

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Naguib Sawiris Responds to a Man’s Wish and His Response Is Shocking!

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Naguib Sawiris has always surprised us with his generosity, and just a few days ago, he proved it once again! Only to be met with a shocking response.

It all started when a man tweeted asking Sawiris if he would pay the expenses of sending his mother to ‘Hijj’ and Sawiris agreed and replied with the nicest tweet ever!

Shockingly, the man then deleted his tweet and denied Sawiris’ offer because of ‘religious reasons.’ !!

We can’t believe it that till this moment, there are still people with such a closed minded mentality.

What’s heartwarming is that Sawiris is still trying to convince him to take the money and make his mother happy.

We’re used to Sawiris interacting with his followers but that’s just a whole new level.

 

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The Social Good of Social Media

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The Social Good of Social Media

Social media isn’t just a platform for online distraction and procrastination as many claim, even though it’s kind of true that social media could be a dangerous thing and a way to harm people but the good sides of it can’t be denied.

I personally was one of the believers that social media platforms have created a distance between people instead of getting them closer, but lately I have been impressed with the amount of good that happens via online platforms. From helping people out to connecting you with those of similar interests.

Here are some of the things I noticed, those that made me a believer in the good and power of social media.

1- It can help you globalize your thoughts, ideas, knowledge.

One thing I personally am thankful for is that social media has served as a platform for me to start a blog and get my writings out there, same thing goes to all the food/ health/ writing and more bloggers who now have the space to share their ideas with the mass.

It’s true that not all content creators are of a good influence, but those who have a positive impact are sure a lot! Whether they help inspire people to follow a healthier lifestyle, or just make them laugh, this remains one of the best things about social media.

2- It can help your start-up

Social media now plays a humongous role in the world of advertising, it can even replace bigger platforms. This have given the chance for startups and brand owners to promote for their work online, there are also the groups that introduce your brand to its numerous members and help you gain followers in no time.

3- It can alert large numbers of people quickly

One of the posts I really love seeing are those that ask people to quickly donate blood for a medical emergency, social media really does have a part in aiding. Not only that, but it also has become so much easier to alert a large number of people of a crisis.

4- Social Good

Another thing I love about Facebook in particular are the kinds of posts that help those in need, whether someone is just looking for a job, or another in a need for donations, Facebook groups help spread the word about a certain case and get people to take action.

5- Connecting those who are alike!

Facebook groups are the thing right now, with literally a group for every group! One for the curly heads, another for the skin care maniacs and another that just bring all women together to support one another.

These groups not only do they offer tips, reviews and more, but they also help women embrace their natural self, have faith in themselves and believe in their beauty and power.

6- It really connects you to people

Even though social media might have affected our friendships, but to those who live abroad, it certainly had shortened the distance and connected us to those we love dearly but with borders separating us.

So is social media a good thing? Well, it just depends on how you use it!

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Sherif Mounir And Other Social Media Users Show Support With Mona Farouk

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We’re all familiar with Mona Farouk’s crisis after the release of a scandalous video of hers that changed her life forever. Now just a couple of days ago, the actress went on a live video to express how depressed she is to the extent that she’s contemplating suicide.

 

Now to all the readers, this is a sensitive issue so please be gentle and open minded as you read the article!

In the video, Farouk apologized once again to all her audience and expressed her deep sorrow and regret of what happened, she then carried on to explain the impact of what happened on her life and how it changed drastically.

She says even her own family no longer accepts her and she is practically begging for forgiveness and to be accepted once again.

“Ever since the scandalous incident, I have been shunned and shamed by everyone in my circle, even by own family. Both my social life and career are over and I feel dead inside.” She says.

“No matter how much I try to act strong, I’m not,” Farouk added, “I tried to fake it, however, I grew tired of dealing with the ordeal like its normal while it is not, and I am suffocating.”

 

With such a strong message delivered, some of the audience felt her pain and started showing support to the actress.

Celebrities also took her side and asking people to give her a second a chance, claiming that she has paid enough for her mistake.

One of these celebrities is famed actor Sherif Mounir who showed his support by saying that he would be proud to act alongside Mona Farouk.

Other social media users took it to several platforms to express their solidarity with Mona Farouk.

We might not be okay with her actions, but we’re certainly with giving people a chance to undo their wronging.

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