Mental health issues rocking Malawi, says expert as Fitness Studio raises materials for Zomba health facility

Malawi is slowly creeping into a dangerous place where more people are being tormented by mental health problems, Mental Health expert has warned.

Bandawe making a presentation
Patrons listening to Prof Bandawe’s presentation
Matola (In red cap) and Chafunya (in yellow): We need to reach out to more individuals
Bandawe (R) signing a book bought by fitness enthusiast Ted Roka
Aerobics enthusiasts at it
Prof. Chiwoza Bandawe was making a presentation to hundreds of fitness enthusiasts who attended an aerobathom event at the College of Medicine in Blantyre on Saturday.
He said financial hiccups, marriage breakdown and frustration have pushed more people into mental illnesses and most of them don’t realize that.
“Just like any other physical illness, you can also know the lapses in your mental wellness through feeling dejected, lack of sleep, anxiety, the individual withdraws from normal gatherings and often take antidepressant substances such as alcohol and worse still drugs and depend on them which is dangerous,” he said.
The event was organized by a Lilongwe based fitness outfit called the Sweat Factory Fitness Studio housed at the Bingu National Stadium.
“We wanted to use fitness event to raise awareness of mental health issues. We normally come across such individuals who come to seek tailormade fitness classes and when they open up, they talk about the path they going through, that’s why we though many people need to be sensitized about these developments,” said Marriam Matola, Founder of the Sweat Factory Fitness Studio.
Together with an upcoming fitness instructor, TV Personality and PR Practitioner Tamara Chafunya, the team managed to raise materials worth K3.5 million which will be donated to the Zomba Mental Hospital this coming weekend.
“The Zomba Mental Hospital is one of the few facilities available in Malawi and are assisting those with severe cases of mental illnesses. When we spoke to the facility’s management they gave us a list of things they will need. So we decided to approach several partners in raising those needs to cater for 200 patients,” Chafunya said.
Amongst the materials raised are blankets, bed sheets, laundry and bathing, cooking Oil, Sugar, Salt and body lotions.
Partners to the first of the series of awareness and material mobilization drive are NBS Bank, Amaryllis Hotel Blantyre, Vital Water, Sana Cash and Carry, Lucky One Cash and Carry, EDN Lines Limited, IntoSports, Events Republic and other individuals.
“We still asking those whom we did not reach out to initially but they are aware of this event now, they can still provide their material support because we will need plastic dining chairs and tables and pails buckets to mention a few,” she said.

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2 years ago

Stress is every where in Malawi please take this initiative to State house as well

Peter sanagone dzulo amangotuluka Thukuta. Mbava zake za dpp zotchedwa ma cadet zaopseza kuti ziulula ngati Peter satseketsa milandu ya Malo ku Lilongwe.

Peter has given over 75 Billion kwa ma Cadet including Mchacha kuti apange chisokonezo after Chisankho.

Mchacha has bought 21 trucks and he is keeping too much cash in his house as we speak.

ACB is aware but they are scared to approach him. Malawi for sale

Gertrude Mezalumo
Gertrude Mezalumo
2 years ago

Can’t wait for the Lilongwe event. Well done Mimi and Tamz.

2 years ago

Well done ladies. These are initiatives we all need to support. Each and every family has that one or two people being disturbed and need help. Don’t put a blind eye on their conditions. Listen to them. More suicide cases will be reduced if people start opening up.

Lincoln Marshal
Lincoln Marshal
2 years ago
Reply to  Ntanga

I wish more companies especially in manufacturing and construction come into facilitating the awareness. More people are largely stressed, depressed and fully unaware where to get help.

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