Sangu Delle: There's no shame in taking care of your mental health
Sangu Dele: Non hai nada malo en coidar a túa saúde mental
Sangu Delle is an entrepreneur and clean water activist. A TED Fellow who hails from Ghana, he sees incredible potential in the African economy. Full bio
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que comín "jollof" nixeriano
of personal turmoil.
with a mental health professional
cun profesional da saúde mental
shook my head in protest.
e sacudín a cabeza protestando.
que sempre me apoia
na idea de falar con alguén
the idea of speaking to anyone
by the rigid architecture
recén chegado en barco desde Gana
fresh off the boat from Ghana,
the brutal experience
in the same month.
through -- God bless her soul --
de sufrir -deus a bendiga-,
nor express our emotions.
nin expresamos as nosas emocións.
about "Oyibo" people -- white people --
da xente "obiyo" -xente branca-
what came to mind was a madman
o que se nos vén á cabeza é un home tolo
xa nos advertiron sobre elas.
you end up like him."
ti tamén acabarás coma el!"
ao hospital máis próximo
to the nearest hospital
will be driving out demons
empezará a expulsar os demos
a contribution to your community.
psychological and social well-being.
emocional, psicolóxico e social.
of all mental illness cases
de enfermidades mentais
dos gobernos africanos
of their health care budget
de psiquiatras en África.
of psychiatrists in Africa.
is estimated to have 200 --
por exemplo, temos 200
carece de acceso a tratamentos.
lack access to treatment.
to mental health with distance,
á saúde mental con distanciamento,
das enfermidades mentais?".
of mental illness?"
cited drug misuse;
responderon que o abuso de drogas;
and the will of God --
e o desexo de Deus.
causes of mental illness,
coñecidas de enfermidades mentais,
e á demonización de quen as sofre.
and demonizing of sufferers.
has documented some of these abuses ...
documentou algúns destes abusos
in the middle of the night.
no medio da noite.
encantador e moderno,
charming, hip young man --
we'd grown up with recoil.
algúns dos amigos cos que medramos.
sobre a súa condición,
about his condition --
sobre alguén con cancro
about someone with cancer
de enfermidades mentais,
as his community isolated him,
mentres a súa comunidade o illaba,
about mental health.
special interest alumni group
na saúde mental na miña universidade.
residente na escola de posgrao,
tutor in graduate school,
nos seus retos coa saúde mental.
with their mental health challenges.
and with their stories in tow,
e coas súas historias ao lombo,
cando me enfrontei á miña ansiedade,
when I faced my own anxiety,
a ser "o home tolo".
que as nosas loitas mentais
do not detract from our virility,
nin que o trauma destrúe a nosa forza.
as important as physical health.
é tan importante como a física.
asociado coas enfermidades mentais.
associated with mental illness.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERSangu Delle - Entrepreneur
Sangu Delle is an entrepreneur and clean water activist. A TED Fellow who hails from Ghana, he sees incredible potential in the African economy.
Why you should listen
Born in Ghana, Sangu Delle's childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Delle graduated from Harvard College with highest honors in African Studies and Economics. He was awarded the Soros Fellowship and pursued a Juris Doctor of Law and MBA at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
At Harvard, enrolling in the Social Engagement Initiative program that bridged the academic study and practical service gap, Delle co-founded cleanacwa (formerly the African Development Initiative) in 2007, which today is currently working to bring clean water and sanitation to over 200,000 people in 160 villages in the Ayensuano, Suhum and Nandom districts in Ghana. Delle is also passionate about mental health and wellness, and was a founding member of Harvard University’s Mental Health Alumni Special Interest Group.
Delle has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Valiant Capital Partners. Convinced that the real needs of communities can best be met through entrepreneurship, in 2008 he founded an investment holding company, Golden Palm Investments(GPI) to fund promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed technology startups such as Andela, Flutterwave and mPharma. GPI has also built a portfolio of greenfield companies in healthcare, agriculture and financial services. Delle serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GPI.
Delle has received several international accolades including being named a 2016 finalist for “Young CEO of the Year” by the Africa CEO Forum, Africa’s “Young Person of the Year” in 2014 by the Future Africa Awards, selected as a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow, Forbes’ top 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa and Euromoney’s “Africa’s Rising Stars” award. Institut Choiseul and Forbes Afrique named Delle as one of the top “100 Economic Leaders in Africa” in 2015. Mic named Delle as one of 9 entrepreneurs in the millennial generation making a difference.
Delle is a Trustee of the Peddie School in NJ and serves on the Advisory Board and chairs the Leadership Council of Harvard University’s Center for African Studies. He also serves on the inaugural West Africa Advisory Group of the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.
Delle loves the outdoors and trekked Mount Everest in 2013 and summited Kilimanjaro during the summer of 2015.
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