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
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.
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.
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.
4 Ways You Can Benefit From Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Online Services
We are quite impressed with how entities are doing their very best to go digital amidst this coronavirus scare, in order to keep their audience both entertained and informed with something to do during the quarantine.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the many entities doing their own share of good to help us stay productive during the quarantine and wisely use our free time.
The library is offering a number of online services, suitable for all knowledge seekers. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from these services!
You can Browse through 200,000 Books Online
The library has uploaded 200,000 books online and is currently uploading their non-literary works on their YouTube channel for a more comprehensive experience.
For those who aren’t really into reading, the library is providing a number of documentaries on their YouTube channel. Besides books and documentaries, the channel also offers online conferences and concerts!
‘ScienSee Club for Science & Science Fiction’
The library will organize an online activity of “ScienSee Club for Science and Science Fiction.” This online activity is part of the library’s keenness in delivering cultural services.
The event will start on Wednesday at 8:00 PM via “Zoom” video conference.
The library is making sure to inform as well as entertain! Also provided on their YouTube channel is a number of concerts, some of them have already been hosted but can still be found on the channel.
The library also has programs for masters degree students. We are telling you if you’re looking to benefit from your free time, then check our their official Facebook page and YouTube channel for more events.
The Not So Small Things to Appreciate During and After this Quarantine
We understand how this quarantine must be affecting your mental health, it is hard after all not being able to embrace the ones you love. Social distancing has surely taken its toll on all of us, but one thing this quarantine has blessed us with is the power of gratitude.
Gratitude and appreciation to what we have at the moment and to what we once had but had taken for granted! This quarantine has given us the time to reflect on ourselves and many things in our lives, it has made us discover hidden talents and allowed us to see the beauty of the not so small things.
We have narrowed down some of the things you should appreciate more during and after this quarantine, with the hope that it gives you hope…
During the quarantine, appreciate:
That You Have A Shelter and A Home
Appreciate the fact that you have a house and a family that makes it home, appreciate that you can afford to stay at home without any worries. We all need a safe haven and we’re all lucky to have one.
Appreciate the quality time that you finally get to spend with your family! We have all become so busy with our lives and it isn’t slowing down for us to enjoy some quality time with the family. But this quarantine has blessed us with the opportunity to strengthen the family bond and appreciate their existence even more.
Yes, take this time to appreciate yourself and work on your goals. Only if you feel like it! If you don’t have the will and power in you, that’s okay too. But try to take advantage of this time to reflect on all of your choices and make sure that you’re on the right track. If you have doubts, don’t be scared to take a reroute.
Your Hidden Talents
We have all certainly discovered new things about ourselves and dug up some hidden talents, what did you discover? That you’re a talented chef? Or maybe that you can dance or sing? It might be as simple as discovering that you’re good with Tiktoks!
Your Mental Health Capabilities
Yes! Appreciate your mental health capabilities and that it’s helping you stay sane during this tough and stressful times. Others are drowning in overthinking and anxiety, so be thankful for having the power over your mind.
Now, time for the not so small things that you should start appreciating more after this quarantine is hopefully over…
Remember that outing you didn’t feel like going to? Or that family gathering you ditched to stay at home? After the quarantine is over, take the time to see all those you care about, feel the bless of being able to hang out, hug them and just enjoy the feeling of safety and security.
Now, when you see someone you haven’t seen in a while, you run towards them, you open your arms and then you suddenly pause, stop and remember that you can’t even handshake them! We’re currently denied from expressing life’s simplest signs of affection, so when this is over, we should appreciate the human touch even more.
Your Job or School
Having something to wake up to every morning is a bless, having a purpose in life is worth waking up to even if some days, you feel like staying in, remember that feeling you have now and appreciate the beauty of having something to attend to everyday.
Every Single Profession
From the incredible doctors who are currently risking their lives for our own, to the delivery men, the customer service, the cashiers! Every profession matters and from now on, you should appreciate them more and never think less of anyone’s else profession…
Your Favorite Hangout Spot
We often go out and we never realize how precious are our usual hangout spots, we think that it’s boring having to go to the same place, when all that actually mattered is having a place to gather in with our loved ones. So don’t think routine is boring, routine can be comforting at times.
To cut it short, appreciate every handshake, every hug, every kiss, every meal out, every cinema night and every time you step out of the house feeling safe and not paranoid.
After all, we truly are blessed in so many ways ‘and it shouldn’t have taken us a pandemic to realize that…’
Houseparty: Is the App Really Hacking Into Your Accounts?
A large number of Houseparty users have been claiming that hackers are using the application to gain access to other online accounts, including Spotify and Neftlix. Not only that, but they have also claimed that their online banking accounts have been hacked!
PSA everyone delete ur houseparty account as they have hacked my Spotify and Netflix from POLAND and the US 😥
— chloe failes (@chloefailes) March 30, 2020
So far, there hasn’t been any clear evidence on the claim which got us to wonder if they are just fake ones, aiming to destroy the credibility of the app and the one thing actually keeping us entertained and connected with our friends?
I mean if the app really has been hacked, is your account on iPhone, Android and Mac are still safe? And if so, then why is everyone telling us to delete Houseparty?
To prove that the app IS safe, the official Twitter account of Houseparty tweeted this epic response to those questioning the safety of the app.
We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty. We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Houseparty (@houseparty) March 31, 2020
If you have any idea how the reports of a hack in Houseparty have spiraled so fast, contact the app for a chance to dish out a $1 million reward!
All Houseparty accounts are safe – the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites.
— Houseparty (@houseparty) March 30, 2020
“We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts. As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform. Use a unique password for each account, and use a password generator or password manager to keep track of passwords, rather than using passwords that are short and simple.” A spokesperson for Houseparty said.
Epic Games certainly seems to suggest there is an organised campaign and with no evidence so far, it most likely is a scam campaign to damage the reputation and sudden popularity of the app.
Currently, there are two kinds of people! One will suggest deleting the app just in case and the other will not give much thought and will carry on enjoying the app with the rest of his/ her friends. Which type are you?
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