Mental illness affects many Zim children

the herald

Doctor Masimba Mavaza

Moving abroad is a package that is wrapped in a golden blanket, but what it gives is hidden until very late.

The migration of parents from one country to another raises questions about the benefits of a subsistence strategy that results in the division of families across national borders.

When parents migrate, new ‘transnational’ family arrangements and family practices emerge as childcare is (re)configured in ways that not only affect children’s well-being, but also their careers.

In most cases, the impact of parental absence on the mental health of caregivers with regard to, firstly, family arrangements, and secondly, transnational family practices and migration characteristics are ignored and sometimes never considered. as a disadvantage.

Additionally, maternal depression has been found to negatively impact infant growth in many situations where children literally take care of themselves.

The well-being of children in the diaspora is likely to be influenced by different socio-cultural narratives that frame the role of ‘woman and mother’, and motherhood in some cases has been eroded.

Although the wealth generated by working abroad can be expected to lessen, if not eliminate, the negative effects of parental absence, the prevalence of traditional gender roles affects family life in ways so negative that it affects a child’s thinking, which could be detrimental to their mental health.

A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s actions, feelings and behaviors may cause them to harm themselves or others, and/or put them at risk of being unable to care for their loved ones. herself or to function in the community in a healthy way.

Situations that can lead to a mental health crisis can include stress at home such as conflict with loved ones, exposure to trauma, or violence.

Work or school stress and other environmental stresses can also contribute to a mental health crisis.

Most people abroad didn’t notice their children having a mental breakdown.

It’s always hard to believe that your child might be having a mental crisis or a mental health emergency.

There are times when a parent needs help fast – when kids can’t calm down, are out of control, or are suddenly at risk of hurting themselves or others.

Our Afro-Zimbabwean thought is that a child can be treated effectively with a stick. Parents do not understand that mental health cannot be treated by beating a child.

In most cases, we do not believe that a child can be mentally unstable. Now when we are in the UK the stick method is prohibited by law.

Thus, parents cannot administer the prescription of sjambok. It’s against the law. So many Diaspora children are left in mental health illness.

A crisis situation exists whenever a child is no longer safe for themselves or others or when immediate action or intervention is needed.

This is usually a time when all of your energies are called upon to take care of your child.

Working abroad sounds great, no one thinks about the kids. Children grow up with the presence of their parents.

Many parents are so devoted to their work that they don’t give time to their children.

The mothers go to work and come back very tired so they don’t have time for the children. Often they order fast food and the kids love it, but their health is compromised.

Many children are obsessed with the fact that home cooking is a luxury. The biggest problem is their mental health.

Parents have no one to listen to them. They are often dismissed as troublesome and their emotions ignored. This condemns them to a deep mental abyss.

Children experience mental health crises, including rapid mood swings and extreme energy or lack of energy, sleeping all the time or unable to sleep.

When children sleep all day, parents always regard it as laziness.

This is clearly a missed opportunity to address your child’s mental health.

Nomsa Matendere (pseudonym) shared her problems with her child.

She said: “My child started having severe agitation, pacing. I noticed that he spoke very quickly or non-stop, showing confused thinking or irrational thoughts. When I try to talk to him as a mother, he starts to think everyone is out to get them or seems to be losing touch with reality.

“He believed that he was the only one who knows everything and everyone is ignorant. Sometimes he will have hallucinations or delusions. Nomsa stopped in between words laughing with strong emotions.

She continued, “My child will sometimes threaten others or threaten to harm themselves. I started noticing him isolating himself from his friends and family, not coming out of his room. His eating habits will always run into parallels.

“Once he refused to eat for days. Or he ate all the time, but he remained skinny.

Dr. Masanzu, a mental health expert, commented: “This list above contains many, but not all, possible signs that your child may be experiencing a seizure. It is best to follow your instincts. Remember that you are the expert when it comes to your child.

“If you feel like your child is behaving very differently from normal, or if the situation seems to be spiraling out of control and you’re worried you can’t defuse it, your child is most likely going through a crisis.

Dr. Masanzu gave some advice on how parents could help their children.

He urged parents to spend time with their children.

“Tell your child what you have observed that worries you,” he said. “Show the child that you love him and care.”

Dr. Masanzu went on to say that “Sjambok’s African medicine does not work”.

Sanity is not dealt with by blows or by prophets.

Let your children know that you love them and want to help them. Parents need to show that they are concerned and ready to help.

Rev. Nyoni Gabriel said Zimbabwean parents in the UK want to take strong action.

“They believe showing love to your child is a weakness,” he said. “It’s a very retrograde belief. Children are meant to be loved and such love should be shown to them. In most cases, mental health is treated with love.

A child in emotional distress who has no one to talk to is very vulnerable.

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