You must be #mental

The beauty of YouTube is that anyone can stumble across the funniest videos, whether old or new. Unlike the man with the red tie (in the video below), I didn’t have to suppress my laughter when I saw this. We all know that social media can create stars / one hit wonders; love it or hate it you can’t knock the hustle!

For those who have made money from YouTube videos (more power to ya), including Alika singing below, who got a modelling gig with JD Sports off the back of this video, singing on the London Underground!

Another beauty of YouTube is there are always links to related videos, some of which are not funny at all. If I had seen this video (below) first, I wouldn’t have found the one above funny at all! It made me rethink.  


Apparently, 25% of people in the UK are affected by mental illness. According to the Mental Health Foundation, people from black and ethnic minorities in the UK are more likely to:

Be diagnosed with mental health problems

Be diagnosed and admitted to hospital

Experience a poor outcome from treatment

Disengage from mainstream mental health services, leading to social exclusion and a deterioration in their mental health

There are various reasons for this, despite the prevalence of mental illness in black and ethnic communities it’s still a taboo subject. People from ethnic minorities are reluctant to seek help from mental health services, which have been criticised for not understanding particular cultural needs of non-white patients. The link between poverty and mental health is also something that cannot be ignored.

Alika Samuel Timothy Agidi-Jeffs | London, United Kingdom | Actor, Model, Musician
Alika: Model Man – who knows what goes on in ones head?

Mental health issues are real; I’m sure many of us know someone young, old, tall, short, skinny, fat, that has or is suffering from a mental illness. Like most illnesses those of the mind don’t discriminate either; anyone can be affected. The more these issues are discussed among families / communities, the easier it will be for those affected not to suffer in silence.

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” 

Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor)

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