Why Men Struggle More With Mental Illness

Why Men Struggle More With Mental Illness

Although women are statistically known to suffer more from mental illnesses like depression when compared to men, men are more likely to commit suicide and struggle with (or die from) drug and alcohol abuse. Why? There’s one simple answer and it lies in how men see mental illness. This is where the macho factor comes in. A lot of guys hate to admit they have a mental health challenge because … Read More

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Suicidal Person

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Suicidal Person

What will you do if you see an obvious sign that someone you know and love is suicidal or contemplating suicide? The feeling will most likely be shock. Then dread and confusion.You’ll basically start with questions. “How? How could someone you love and care about want to die? However, it is important to realize that as shocking as the situation might be, your loved one has just handed you a … Read More

5 Ways Technology Addiction Can Affect You

Quick question: how long can you go without looking or checking your phone for email, chat messages or the latest viral video or meme on social media? It’s not an exact science but if you keep reaching for your phone every 15 minutes or it seems to interrupt your day a lot, it might be a pointer to technology addiction. Over the years, it has become harder to remember what … Read More

5 Fun Activities to Keep Your Brain Healthy

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When it comes to keeping the brain sharp and healthy, the key mantra is “Use it or lose it”. Well, maybe not so dramatic because we wouldn’t want anyone to lose their minds but you get the general idea – engaging in mentally stimulating activities keeps the brain sharp and healthy. Exercise isn’t just meant for the body but for the mind as well. A mind is a terrible thing … Read More

5 Tips On Dealing With Stress At Work

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How can you beat stress at work? Living in Lagos and other major Nigerian cities, we start most mornings with traffic on the way to our offices where various meetings or responsibilities await us. Often times, we multitask amidst several requests and interruptions, and at the end of the day, we head back to our homes through that same traffic where we have to think about home chores. The next day, we repeat the same process. The end result … Read More

How to Reduce Stress: 7 Relaxation Techniques


Being an adult is hard work and can sometimes come with a lot of stress. With work, family and other obligations that we have to juggle, it’s a struggle not to feel overwhelmed. This is why it’s important to take time out in the middle of all that’s going on, to unplug and unwind. If not, we are heading for stress overload and our mental wellness and physical health can … Read More

For a More Productive You…Get the Right Amount of Sleep


How Much of a Priority Do You Make Sleep? It’s been a long day at work, but guess what could be worse? Tomorrow is an even longer day – because you weren’t able to get a good night’s sleep. Consistent good quality sleep is needed every night to keep our minds alert and our bodies healthy. Here are some of our tips for getting best possible sleep.   Eat Light, Sleep Smooth … Read More

Understanding Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Have you ever lost your patience with someone who see You or your friend/loved one or colleague could be dealing with mild anxiety or it could be post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a common mental illness in Nigeria that is sadly unrecognised and therefore goes undiagnosed in far too many instances. PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events (source NHS 2015). As a … Read More

The Avon HMO Guide to Living a Healthy Life in Naija

It’s great to see more Nigerians join the ‘healthy living’ express. With Kate Henshaw, Osas Ighodaro and others inspiring us to get healthy, the fit fam Army is recruiting more and more civilians to their cause. Outside of this, we do hope this is more just a fad. We hope that it is also the result of growing societal conscientiousness, encouraging us to appreciate and care for our bodies. To … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Fight Depression


We live in a society with little regard for mental health. Depression, for example, is too often dismissed as a spiritual problem and even considered a result of idleness. “After all, only idle people have time to think badly about themselves,” someone once said. “The rest of us are too busy trying to make ends meet.” Faced with the grind of each day, we think of ourselves as too tough … Read More