Main aim of the charity
To raise awareness on Depression and other mental disorders , and to to be a bridge that directs the affected towards psychologists and psychiatrists so that they get treatment and care.
How the employee got involved and why
I have suffered from Bipolar, Frontal Lobe Epilepsy and Acute Depression for all of my conscious life. I have battled tremendously with it for years - being put on all sorts of Prozac until the Drs finally got me right 3 years back. I have battled with suicide and self loathe, I have struggled to get out of bed and to interact with people (although have always been perceived to be an extrovert and a socialite, I am introverted and have mild social anxiety). I
I have learned live with myself throughout a storm of being stigmatized, ridiculed, and laughed at, misunderstood, jeered, and harassed. in the midst of all this, I had a very supportive family and a few friends. I would go on and off medication and my relapses were frequent, until I was clinically declared psychotic. It has been a long journey, but I have since mastered living with my condition and I have harnessed the positives that come with it - being creative, being alert and ware of my surroundings, finding positives and beauty in every situation, being innovative, being solution oriented.
with time, I started talking about this on social media and I already have a huge following and have been asked countless times to hold talks and seminars on this topic. as at now, in my free tie, I do a write up on my journey and it has proven beneficial to a lot of people ( there are a lot of men that are dying silently of depression and refuse to talk for fear of being deemed "weak" . )
I get calls round the clock from people needing someone to talk to and wanting to understand how I have come to beat this monster. I get people referred to me by their spouse or aunts or parents, to try and hear from someone who has defeated this dragon, how I did it.
I am currently looking to dedicate weekends specifically to holding talks on living with and above depression so that I can reach a larger crowd.
Consequently, I would like to be an Ambassador for this cause within the DHL Family, or help anyhow that I can to see others through. I am fully aware of the level of confidentiality that DHL upholds, hence I wouldn't hold one on one sessions, I would like to just address a whole department without prejudice as we are either affected or living with someone depressed and/or suicidal. The statistics are overwhelming. They would then seek help from Kaelo or Ask Nelson- but at least they would have known that someone, an actual human being, is living their best life and meeting set KPIs regardless of their condition and if I can, then so can anyone.
Tunasafiri is Swahili for " We Journey!"
What work does the employee do for charity?
I am an ambassador for depression and I offer a survivors support.
What impact would winning have on the charity?
It would help widen my reach. I would build enough confidence to further practice this and reach more people both within and out of the DHL network. There is a great need for awareness on depression- a lot of people suffer in silence and just need to see a survivor.
What impact would winning have on the employee?
It would continue to make me realize the impact that this individual cause has on the greater majority, needless to say, the more I win battles for us, is the more I win for myself.