Doctor-Mind is a philanthropic initiative by Prof.Peter Kussin and Mark Nyalumbe to promote holistic Emotional and psychological Care by focusing on the six pillars of Brain Health i.e. Mental fitness, medical health, sleep &relaxation, food &nutrition, social interactions &physical exercise.
We have something called “brain reserve,” which helps your brain adapt and respond to changes and resist damage. Your brain reserve begins to develop in childhood and gets stronger as you move through adulthood. People who continue to learn, embrace new activities, and develop new skills and interests are building and improving their brain reserve.
A variety of medical conditions are strongly linked to the decline of brain function. Keep your blood pressure and weight at a healthy level; take medication as prescribed, cut down on salt and sugar, keep active and stay socially connected and positive. All of this can help you stay sharp, smart, and increase the vitality and quality of life as you enter your golden years.
Few things feel better than a good night’s sleep. Quality time with the sandman puts us in a better mood and sharpens our brains. It also gives us the energy and the ability to run our busy lives — from exercising to keeping up with our kids to excelling at work
Doctor-mind through research suggests that a Mediterranean or tropical-style diet rich in fish, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, olives, and nuts helps maintain brain health and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Cook and eat fresh food, savor the taste, enjoy dining with family and friends. A Mediterranean regimen is more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle, a way of living well.
A rich social network provides sources of support, reduces stress, combats depression and enhances intellectual stimulation. Studies have shown that those with the most social interaction within their community experience the slowest rate of memory decline. Happy marriages or long-term relationships and having a purpose in life have shown significant protective effects against age-related cognitive impairment.
Doctor-mind says; in order to add years to your life ,lose weight ,boost your mood, improve your sleep ,reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer or keep your bones and your brain health …….. Exercise!
WHY BRAIN HEALTH?
Doctor -Mind Brain Health initiative started in the Hospital set up with an aim of reducing burn out and emotional distress through psychological Debriefing by focusing on the effects this stressors on brain health, it has since expanded to bring the community on board.
Doctor-Mind conducted a short online survey asking whether people preferred the term mental health or brain health in addressing psychological issues. Surprisingly, 81% of the responders preferred the term Brain Health to Mental Health, when asked why 68 % said they were uncomfortable with the cultural misunderstanding and stigma attached to the term mental health.
Mental health stigma is of course real. It affects lives of people with mental health problems as well as those close to them (The Mark Of shame by, Stephen P. Hinshaw). Research has shown that fear of being labeled and stigmatized affects people’s willingness to disclose their illness and seek treatment, so it is laudable that ignorance about the causes of mental ill health and treatment options are being discussed.
This survey is also in alignment with the quote of senator Max who went through several scientific researches to prove that focusing on brain as an organ gave more motivation to deal with psychological issues.
“Seeing my own abnormal functional scan helped me reframe my problems as Brain-Based, Medical, and NOT MORAL, which decreased the shame and stigma I had carried silently for decades. In addition, the value of knowing that the structure of my brain was normal, but the function was abnormal, gave me hope that my brain could get better if I was diligent about rehabilitating it…this motivated me to take better care of my brain in the many ways that were recommended, including improving my Nutrition, sleep, and weight”- U.S senator Max Cleland, disabled U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war.
A study by Andrew W. Saul PhD., An expert in orthomolecular medicine also have proved that by focusing on Psycho-Nutritional therapy, the food that our brain cells need for proper functioning, we attain higher levels of managing brain processes and preventing negative brain impulses that could directly affect our emotions.
Doctor-Mind strongly believes that if mental health problems were evaluated and treated like other medical issues, and psychologists & physicians were using functional imaging and assessment tools, genetics, and other markers to guide treatment, mental health will be more embraced and treated with diligence as other medical conditions; Thus the slogan, ‘Brain Health Activists’
IN THE HOSPITAL
Doctor-mind promotes Emotional Care amongst nurses and doctors working in critical care units through psychological debriefing, thus the name ‘DOCTOR-MIND’ (A doctor who minds/cares about other Doctors emotional well-being). Since its conception in 2018, Doctor-Mind has grown beyond the initial objective of offering psychological Debriefing and is currently working on rehabilitation of counselling rooms at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret to modern Emotional Wellness Centers that can offer holistic Emotional Care beyond talk therapy
IN THE COMMUNITY
To the public, doctor mind promotes Emotional and psychological Care through public sensitizations on mental health, basic psychological assessments, Basic Psychometric evaluation, Psycho-Education on current-common mental disorders, PTSD warriors and e-Therapy through the Doctor-Mind Self Help Site. Doctor-Mind is also a key Collaborator with other local Community Based Organizations in organizing events to promote Mental Health Awareness through Platforms that encourages discussions, testimonials and event processing.