Nigerian actress, Kemi Afolabi has opened up for the first time on her mental health challenges.
The mother of one, who revealed to the world that she was suffering from Lupus months back, stated that she had a mental breakdown over the illness.
According to the talented movie star, she battled with anxiety, exhaustion, and depression. She added that she hated everything she was going through as at then, like not having the strength to do things she loved the most made her wallow in self pity.
However, the 44-year-old single mum expressed how blessed she is to have great people around her who showed her genuine love which really helped her healing.
This made her make a promise to herself to stop dwelling on something she cannot change. Only then, did she start getting out of her head by accepting the new her.
She went on to share encouraging words with people going through one mental health issue or the other.
Her full post reads:
“#Mentalhealth is real. Stop messing with people emotions by your actions or words.
I had mental break down when I got diagnosed with Lupus, I experienced anxiety, exhaustion and depression. I hated everything I was going through. Not having the strength to do the things I love the most made me wallowed in self pity.
I never really showed my loved ones the peak of my breakdown. At some point I did considered harming myself severally, I heard strange voices to mention a few.
I am lucky to have great people around me who showed me genuine love which really helped NY healing so fast and I am grateful for still breathing compared to those who are dead. Then I made myself a promise that I was going to stop dwelling on something I cannot change. Then I started getting out of my head by accepting the new me.
The way people move in from event will let you understand how life works! “Every man with his problems”.
This is to encourage anyone going through something causing them mental breakdown. “PLS GET OUT AND EMBRACE THE SITUATION BELIEVING IT WILL TURN AROUND FOR YOUR GOOD” your breakthrough is near, start by being grateful you’re still alive.”