5 Nigerian Women Tell Us How They Care For Their Mental Health During #EndSARS

October 20, 2020

It is very easy to forget to prioritise your mental health in the midst of the protests and what seems like a very important part of Nigeria’s history. We asked five Nigerian women how they manage to protect their mental health even in the midst of it all.

Sandra, 18

When it gets too much, I leave social media and binge watch Korean dramas. It is a good escape because, at that point, I am not thinking of anything else other than the movie I am watching.

Amaka, 24

I do not. I haven’t spoken to my therapist in a while, and I have daily panic attacks. I really want it all to end. Maybe I can start taking care of my mental health then.

Fikin, 20

I cry a lot. After seeing so much, I just break down and cry. When I’m done crying, I get angry and resume my online protest. I also talk to a friend. He knows what to say, and it makes me feel better.

Zainab, 24

Weed, friends and my therapist. That’s basically my support system, and it’s working. My friends surround me with a lot of love and everything becomes easier to get through.

Eniola, 35

I masturbate. It helps me relax, and then I sleep. Sleep helps me to just forget.

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