Break The Silence Egypt: This Initiative Plans to End the Stigma Around Mental Health

Break The Silence Egypt: This Initiative Plans to End the Stigma Around Mental Health

  Selfless positive initiatives by the youth can always brighten anyone’s day, and here is my attempt at brightening yours.   A group of young Egyptian superheroes are devoting a huge portion of their time, money and effort to work on their innovative and helpful online platform; Break the Silence Egypt.     Break the […]

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

by Marwa Khalifa

“Don’t invalidate people’s struggles because you’ve been through worse. If someone is tired after working for five hours and you worked for seven, it doesn’t mean that they’re not allowed to be tired. It doesn’t mean that they can’t feel what they’re feeling just because you’ve had it worse.” I found this quote on Facebook […]

Arabs Need To Get Over These Stigmas and Misconceptions About Mental Illness

Arabs Need To Get Over These Stigmas and Misconceptions About Mental Illness

  There’s still a huge stigma surrounding mental illness in the Arab world. For different reasons, Arabs tend to either ignore or satirize mental illness. The misconceptions around mental illness sometimes keeps people from reaching out for help, simply to avoid being told the same bull***t.     You don’t need to seek treatment, just […]

Fury, Fear in Aftermath of Cairo Bathhouse Raid

Fury, Fear in Aftermath of Cairo Bathhouse Raid

  Following a Dec. 7 late night raid on Bab El-Bahr hammam in the Ramses area of Cairo, which saw the arrest of at least 25 men and perhaps up to 40, Cairo’s LGBTQI community and its supporters have been galvanized with fury and fear. “I’m still in disbelief. How far would a reporter go […]

#FeelNoShame in Honour of International AIDS Month

#FeelNoShame in Honour of International AIDS Month

Too many issues are pressing in the Middle East in almost all sorts of fields including, of course, health. Dec. 1 is International AIDS day and all through December, nations around the globe raise awareness campaigns about the nature of the disease, the available preventive and curative measures and, of course, to show support to […]