There is a beautiful game park called Nsobe outside of Ndola with deer, giraffes, snakes, and many other beautiful animals. It is one of the go-to attractions for people coming to Ndola. And every once in a while, us locals will take the drive over to have a day off chilling by the pool and maybe getting a massage. (Ony $20!)
Sadly, a couple weeks ago, the owner of Nsobe killed himself. He had been battling with depression for many years. He was so very loved by everyone in the city, poor and rich alike. He did so much for the boys brigade and supported the local school. Thousands of people flocked to his funeral to show respect to the man they loved.
So in that light, mental health has been on the forefront of people's minds here in Ndola. They wonder how such an influential man could have been struggling so bad without us knowing.
Such a story only spurs us on in our efforts to raise awareness and an provide support for depression and anxiety here in Ndola.
When I sat down with the head of the department of Psychiatry at Ndola Central Hosptial, I told him that we are working hard to create a solid base for our organization and his words to me were, "Yes, go slow and make sure you have a strong base, but also remember we are in the middle of a crisis."