Don’t Mind Your Own Business, Report Domestic Violence:
The 16 Days of Activism for no violence against Women and Children is recognized as a global campaign. Unfortunately, abuse is everywhere. For far too long, freedom, shame, and silence have allowed violence against woman to escalate to epidemic proportions.
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With the rise of social media and digital forums, cyber-bullying has taken a toll on many individuals today. Celebrities are in the highest percentage of individuals that are constantly prone to attract this negative comments and interaction from the public on social media and cyberspace. Cyber-bullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, detrimental, incorrect, or cruel content about someone else. So where is the limit? When is enough, enough? It is important to know how cyber bullying can cross the line into unlawful, or even criminal, behavior.
Paxton Fielies is the girl who made South African Idols history by being the youngest winner ever. She has grown into a beautiful woman; unfortunately, with the rise of her fame, many people have been circulating negative memes about her. Local singer Robin Pieters has come to Paxton’s defense by starting a hashtag campaign #HandsOffPaxton.
Paxton is not the only person who has had to deal with social media bullying. The Voice SA’ season 2 winner Craig Lucas also recently came out in an emotional open letter on Instagram. The emotional letter records how he battled with his homosexuality and depression over the years.
“People started telling me to keep the fact that I was in a relationship with a man a secret – “the audience is conservative” “no one will vote for you.” So I did, and I won. “I’m glad I listened to them,” I thought. People then said “no one will buy your music if he or she thinks you’re gay” “girls are your biggest market, you will alienate them,” Craig shares. KFM DJ, Carl Wastie, commended the singer for being so brave and opening up to the public. He also stated that celebrities are in a position to inspire positive change and more celebrities should stand up against bullying.
Here are few thoughts to ponder on:
The hard truth is we need to ask ourselves “Am I a subconscious bully?” The greatest language of the universe is energy and vibration. The moment you start disliking anyone based on any circumstances, we start to formulate negative thoughts, we engage in negative conversations, we like and share a post that spreads cruel content.
In the wise words of Paxton “ If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Last truth is, it is normal to dislike someone but we do not have the constitutional right to name shame them! If you start to dislike someone – unfollow them! It is as simple as that.
Please wake up to the damage that cyber-trolls do to people’s lives. We have already heard too many stories about youth suicides in connection with cyber bullying. Have we ever thought about how many adults have considered ending their lives because of the torment of being cyber-bullied? It is NOT TrendE to cyber bully.
The late English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist George Michael wrote in his song Freedom!
“All we have to do now, Is take these lies and make them true somehow, All we have to see. Is that I don’t belong to you, And you don’t belong to me. Freedom…I won’t let you down, freedom I will not give you up, freedom! Gotta have some faith in the sound
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In July, TMZ broke the news that the Disney star Demi Lovato had been rushed to the hospital after an apparent overdose. Ironically, Lovato released a song called “Sober” just a month before the apparent overdose. “Sober” was meant to celebrate the fact that she has been six years sober and dealing with addiction.
Demi is known for speaking out about her mental health. The star has suffered from bipolar disorder and is a huge advocate for mental health care. Lovato has partnered with Getty Images to produce #BeVocalSpeakUp photo collection to show what mental health REALLY looks like.
There’s an unfortunate stigma surrounding mental health that still keeps many people silenced about their own experiences, especially celebrities and their experiences. Dianna De La Garza (Lovato’s mother) spoke to Newsmax TV about her experience finding out, seeing Demi for the first time at the hospital, and Demi’s road to recovery.
What her mom has said
Her mom’s speech was a focal point for raising awareness on the overdosing crisis related to mental health we face worldwide. We start to realize that when public figures do not shy away from these difficult conversations, more people will be encouraged to seek the help they need, plus the thought of knowing that you are not alone.
With the awareness Demi’s story has brought to the world it is now up to us to continue fighting the social stigma regarding mental illnesses. Stigma causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control. Worst of all, stigma prevents people from seeking the help they need.
Depression and mental illness is far more common than it used to be and it is not only Demi speaking out about it. Stars, such as Selena Gomez and Trevor Noah are also speaking out about mental health issues and dealing with them.
The 24-year old star, Selena Gomez, has opened up about her ongoing battle with depression and the changes she made as a result of these issues.
Selena has stated “If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken,” she said on her social media pages. And now Selena is speaking about her journey she had to take to become un-“broken.”
During his acceptance speech as Comedy Person of the Year award at the Just for Laughs Awards in London, South Africa’s beloved comedian and The Daily Show presenter revealed his personal struggle with depression. He also honored Jim Carey for helping him come to terms with this reality.
Wise words from Trevor “Winning is getting to the end without committing suicide.”
Ways to help
It is not only the “mental health community” who needs to start breaking the stigma. It needs to be broken by the community at large. If you’re not sure how – here are four ways our TrendE community can respond.
Talk Openly About Mental Health
Take every opportunity to share your personal story. In this way, you will educate yourself and others.
People with mental illnesses should not be shunned and made to feel weaker or inferior; they need love, to be heard and supported just like everyone else.
Choose Empowerment Over Shame’
“Turn your demons into art, your shadow into a friend, your fear into fuel, your failures into teachers, your weaknesses into reasons to keep fighting. Don’t waste your pain. Recycle your heart.”-Andrea Balt
Let The Media Know When They’re Being Stigmatizing
Educate people to be conscious of the language and the material they podcasts on social media
Stop The Stigma
As a community, we need to support these conversations. Today is World Mental Health Day. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. Celebrate this day by standing up against social stigma towards mental illnesses. People need to feel like they belong somewhere, and if you can make someone suffering, feel even a little more included, you might just change his or her whole attitude on life. #TrendEstopstigma.
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