Commonwealth Youth Council, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative, Franz George, on Wednesday said education is extremely important and necessary when addressing mental health issues.In an invited comment on day two of the Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, George said statements suggesting that persons suffering from mental illnesses are “experiencing a spiritual event” or “it’s a demon”, often come from a place of ignorance.This, he said, emphasises the need to have education on the issue in all levels of society, so it can be better understood. George noted that “these issues are realCommonwealth Youth Council, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative, Franz Georgeissues that people are dealing with,” further underlining the need to “understand the causes, symptoms and the solutions.”“We also need to educate the young people how they can cope; how can they recognise that they are experiencing these issues, and who to go to for help, so they don’t have to deal with these things on their own,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Commonwealth Youth Council, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative also said education must be in the picture, as it plays an integral part in the successful implementation of projects which focus on mental health.He described the conversation on Wednesday as a positive and progressive one, and called for the strengthening of the mental healthcare system.“We need to have persons in the community willing to work. The Government also needs to be willing to work, and policymakers and development partners.”George highlighted that establishment of a mental health clinic or a positive mental health programme “is often times a product of many partners coming together”.He added that the conversation needs to be “expanded amongst the players in the sector, and then from there we can move into implementing these programmes and having more centres.”In addition to establishing more mental health centres across the region, George said people must also see the importance of accessing the facilities.
For centuries the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent have been assumed to be a bunch of samosa-eating-yoga-loving-henna-sporting individuals.While there is no denying the fact that these stereotypes exist for a reason, and are even true to some extent (samosas are fantastic and yoga is downright wonderful) but to limit our existence to just these stereotypes is plain unfair. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.We’re, in fact, talking about two LA-based YouTubers, Krishna Kumar and Kausar Mohammad, whose latest video has them embracing their ‘desi-ness’ like it’s nobody’s business!Titled Namaste, the video has them crooning to Beyonce’s recent and extremely badass track, Formation. From arranged marriages and threaded eyebrows to the Kamasutra and Priyanka Chopra, Krishna and Kausar’s track makes it a point to mention all the stereotypes the residents of the Indian subcontinent are associated with.Also Read: Meet the daddy of all 50 Shades of Grey parodies And what happens when you throw in some Beyonce-inspired steps in a video about being desi? Sheer brilliance, of course. With lyrics like, “I’m so reckless when I rock my handmade sari dress/Parents so possessive trying to arrange marriages” and “I got hot samosas in my bag, swag” the track is packed with witty and hilarious one-liners.But to just think of this video as a hilarious parody would be trivialising its existence because in actuality, it’s so much more than that.Also Read: We left swipe the new Tinder ad, and here’s why you probably will too advertisementOnly recently the internet went berserk when rapper Azealia Banks accused Zayn Malik of copying one of her music videos and hurling homophobic and racist abuses at him.Malik, who has Pakistani roots, was addressed by Banks as a “curry scented b***h” and was ‘threatened’ with sentences such as: “Imma start calling you punjab you dirty b**ch” over a rather hostile Twitter exchange.The incident sent the social media world into a frenzy and led to people from across India and Pakistan uploading their pictures using the hashtag #curryscentedbi*ch–which now seems like a mere trailer for Krishna and Kausar’s Namaste.Watch the video here.