Basalirwa Abby Arthur

Makerere University Business school (MUBS) graduate, Basalirwa Abby Arthur takes his own life due to depression.

According to google, Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

Arthur took to his social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp and shared what can clearly be termed as suicide notes before giving up on life.

See notes below;

The first verse of ‘I’m sorry’ by Joyner Lucas which was Arthur’s last message to everyone at 1:26 pm yesterday says, “Go ahead and call me a coward and say I’m not strong, Because I’m not like you.”

At 1:36am, Arthur took to his Whatsapp status saying he was sorry and that a lot was weighing him down.

At 3:06, Arthur posted a screenshot from a WhatsApp chat.

Ugandan media personality, Faridah Nakazibwe has advised on how to deal with or handle a person that is suffering from depression. Read her post below;

“Listen: when you learn that the person you are talking to has clinical depression or anxiety, do not try to diminish her condition or shame him for what he struggles with. They are fighting and coping in different ways, both visible and invisible to you. And it is exhausting.

Depression is real. Anxiety is real. It is not just simple sadness or worry. It is beyond the control of who is affected. It is physically and mentally debilitating. It cannot be willed away.

Unlike many things in life that you think can be treated with a pithy maxim and a meme of a sunrise, one cannot simply “Choose to be happy” or “Get over it” or “Be Strong” or “Pray it Away” or “Think Positive”. Do not say “It’s all in your head.”

Treatment requires a combination of professional therapy, activity, and medication. And time.

Do not blame her. Do not isolate him. Do not keep them at arms’ length.

Do not contribute to the culture of shaming people who wrestle with mental health. Stop using hurtful pejorative terms like “crazy” or “Stupid ” when you talk about them.

Educate yourself. Instead of anger and irritation, find ways to channel your love and concern in ways that help and heal. But understand that it is difficult to find the right way to provide support.

You need patience, empathy, compassion, and an open mind.

It may not seem like it to you, but she is fighting, he is trying. Their suffering and struggles are real.

R. I. P Basalirwa Arthur 😭”

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