Celebrity Lifestyles And Mental Illness The Case Of Funny Face.
Open Letter to Celebrities.
In Africa, for that matter Ghana, one’s lifestyle as a celebrity is centred on “Social media Likes, Comments and Shares” also, how they trend . In order to adapt to such social media norms, celebrities tend to engage in anything abnormal eg naked exposure of private parts, pranking, abuse of drugs, show off with one’s luxuries and how many sexual intercourse they have , how they slept with big men to gain or how many abortions they did etc.
Some even went to the extent of saying they slept with dogs just to get monies. How insane.
Excessive competition among celebrities, unrealistic ambitions , measuring achievement in numbers produced and dollars (monies) ,the need for me to win and trend more mentality has exposed many to Mental Illnesses.
There are many celebrities today who have outlived their usefulness but fighting hard to be in the media thereby engaging in all sorts of activities to trend . They get depressed, or abuse Psychoactive Substances and engage in unnecessary and uncouth social media banters with one another when not meeting their expected trends .
My professional advice to our celebrities though I am not a fan of any, that they should seek Mental Health and Psychological helps often if they want to succeed in their industry without involving in foolish stuffs .
Your Mental Health will go a long way to have positive impact on your career, and once you are in stable state of mind, you will survive long without being faded off within shortest possible time.
Use your fame, social media handles to encourage prioritisation of MENTAL HEALTH in the country so you can equally get best therapies when the need be.
Today it is Funny Face, Abena korkor and others, tommorow it can be you.
Don’t let your quest to be famous lead you into criminal stuffs that will rather destroy you.
Avoid abusing drugs and be yourself.
Self esteem and confidence is built not through substance uses but by continous practice and believing in oneself.
You can be a great celebrity, famous , achiever not by engaging in Anti-Social Activities ( Patterns of irresponsibility,disregards for rights of orders, vandalism, substance abuse, fist fights,verbal attacks, weapon use, cruelty , sexual aggression, recklessness etc ) just to seek immediately gratification.
I wish you all well in your careers that are decent and impact the nation positively not those that gives us negative influences.
Bismark Kwabla Kpobi
Mental Health Practitioner And Advocate.