Janet Jackson Reveals ‘Intense’ Battle With Depression

Janet Jackson

 

Janet Jackson has revealed that she suffered an “intense” battle with depression, which she linked to a childhood inferiority complex and societal racism and sexism.

In an essay in the latest issue of Essence, a magazine geared toward African American women, the 52-year-old pop superstar said that she has found joy after giving birth to her first child last year.

But the singer — who became a superstar in her 20s with her blending of hip-hop into pop music and her elaborately choreographed live shows — said that her 30s were “difficult years.”

“The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever,” she said, according to excerpts released Wednesday.

“Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism,” she said.

“Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”

The younger sister of King of Pop Michael Jackson, who also battled depression and anxiety, Janet Jackson returned with an album in 2015 and then abruptly suspended her tour.

She gave birth to her first child, Eissa, at an unusually late age and soon afterward announced her split with the boy’s father, her third husband Wissam Al Mana, a Qatari tycoon.

Essence announced that Jackson would headline a festival affiliated with the magazine next month in New Orleans.

She is also set to play later in July at Panorama, which is staged in New York by the promoters of Coachella, the major festival in California.

AFP

Experts Urge FG To Improve Mental Health Care Delivery

mental health, Mental health experts in Nigeria have decried the high rise in mental disorder cases and have urged the government to invest in this sector of the nation’s health care delivery.

They have called for adequate funding, more psychiatric personnel, as well as creation of policies that would allow the general public to be more open to the realities.

Beyond policy formulation, the experts also say laws and policies must be translated into concrete action to ensure strategic turn around in mental health care delivery in the country.

Pointing out causative factors of mental disorders, they listed prolonged depression, anxiety, drug abuse, mood distortion as some of the components.

As a result of the lack of proper acceptance and understanding of this area of health, sufferers of mental issues fear to come open in the public as there are tendencies of being stigmatized, discriminated or even feelings of vulnerability.

For the extreme cases and those who have gone unchecked, their presence on the streets and among residents no doubt send fears into the spine of many as most of them could be violent at little provocation.

According to statistics, one out of every five Nigerians, has a mental disorder, while an estimated 60/64 million are said to have one form of mental disorder or another with about 80% of this population not seeking medical help.

To effectively address some of the challenges in the mental health sector, a National Health Act was introduced in 2003.

The Act sought to protect the rights of persons with mental disorder, ensure equal access to treatment, discourage stigma and discrimination among others. However, 13 years after, it is still yet to be passed into law.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye speaking on the matter, advocated for increase in funding, adequate personnel, as well as effective incorporation of mental health into primary health care delivery.

According to them, this would help the teeming population of Nigerians who have been exposed to one form of mental challenges or the other (mostly without being aware), as a result of policy somersault and especially in the face of the current economic challenges.

Nigeria Is In Depression, Not Just Recession – Issa Aremu

Issa AremuA member of the National Executive Council of¬†the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu, on Wednesday disagreed with latest report on NIgeria’s GDP that showed the nation’s economy is in recession.

He says Nigeria’s economy is in state of depression not just recession, hinging his claims on long outstanding payment of salaries.

“The minimum wage of 18,000 Naira was less than $45. Inflation has gone up and the minimum wage has collapsed,” Mr Aremu pointed out.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, Mr Aremu urged the¬†Federal Government to reform the economy.

The labour union member believes that one of the key areas in which the economy could be reformed was through data gathering and planning which, in his opinion, was missing.

He also sought a return of the Ministry of Planning, saying that “it is the first step in getting out of recession”.