Invitation to join Special TWEET CONFERENCE (Topic: FGM/C and Mental Health : The Links and Call to Action)
(for more info on FGM/C visit www.endcuttinggirls.org)
Kindly join us today to commemorate the 2017 WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY... in a brief 1hour tweet conference. It is part of the contribution of the Organization (Adolescent Support and Health Advancement in Nigeria) which I am volunteering with...
Please quickly read this:
Christina - not her real name - is 42 and lives in west London. She was circumcised in Eritrea, east Africa, when she was six.
She was called into a room after being told her grandmother had come to visit.
"I went in and I was held down by four ladies and that's when they did it," she said.
"I was screaming for my mother but she wasn't there.
"My father didn't even know about it."
Christina has been having counselling sessions with healthcare professionals and now paints to try to help deal with the impact of the experience.
"I'd say right now, more than the physical part, it's the mental part I find difficult," she said.
"I started having flashbacks, it was a shock. It felt like it had happened now and not 36 years ago."
Female genital mutilation and other harmful practices
Health consequences of female genital mutilation
Female genital mutilation may cause mental health problemsDuring the conference:
You would have open opportunity to ask questions on FGM/C as related to world mental health day.