Grafton’s Hills and Waterfall

Sierra Leone is as blessed as they come. Check out this beautiful waterfall at Grafton. My country people, nature is fair and has shared this between the East and the West part of Freetown. I hope everyone can now enjoy theirs in peace (pun intended).

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According to Alpha Mansaray, a young resident of Grafton around the Zion area, the falls had always been there. He had childhood memories of going up there with his friends in search of Apple and other fruits. As children, then, they knew neither the value nor the beauty of the fall and the view up there was much more different from what it is now.

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Presently, due to human interference and development, a lot of new infrastructures are springing along the stream where the fall is located. This has affected the force and speed of the fall, and this is especially so during the dry season. He advised that the best time to enjoy the view of the falls is during the rains. As it is only then one can enjoy the magical and enchanting glory of the fall.

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Amidst all this, there are still opportunities for Sierra Leoneans to explore and discover our beloved country Sierra Leone. Grafton and then environs around the fall still have large palm fruits, cashew, and other fruit farms along the way to the fall, a beautiful place to enjoy sunrise and sunset, Alpha explained.

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The road network along that area is deplorable as most of the hilly roads in this country. It is motorable only to a certain point, where cars can Park and the rest of the journey would be on foot.

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©By Rahima Vandy Kargbo otherwise known as dasalonetiti Rahima.


We say this to our children all the time. So definitely you must have heard a family or friend say this to their child(ren) multiple times as a punitive measure, especially if they are out of line behavior-wise. These kids will be crying, saddened because they hated it. They are not programmed to sit still or not to do anything. They are kids, and those years are the only time they got to be the children they are. Yet, we cheat them into taking time out every now and then.

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Yes! Time out is the word. When in essence adults do need these time out sessions than the children in our lives. As an adult, we go through a lot of everything, work, home, family, friends, and finally, society. As all of these things do come with their own level of stress. Stress over a period of time can derail our mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. This will take a toll on the body in diverse ways; some may lose weight, some may gain, some will experience hair loss, some early grey hair but most significantly many might experience a breakdown.

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In a country with a single psychiatric hospital and few doctors. You will be amazed at how much Sierra Leoneans don’t know about mental illness. How many of us go through this ailment without realizing it. Is it because our society has only one name for a complex disease like this? Crase! My people will call it. Crazy, Madness these negative adjectives has left more fear in the minds of people. Mental Illness is not all about madness and craziness, is it? There are several symptoms of mental health that are less severe and more common among people. Yet, I have come to realize how people will just gaslight your symptoms through their words, actions, or inactions. You will hear them asked, are you really sure that is what you are experiencing? Just because they don’t want to agree that you are actually suffering from mental illness or they’ll just dismiss you, claiming black people do not go through such ordeal. Black people, don’t get other types of mental illnesses except for the blanket one, CRASE. At least that what most Salone people think.

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The notion of mental ailment in a culture like ours is a complex one, and it is mostly treated as a curse or something associated with the devil, sorcery, witchcraft, or some other superstitious myth. Most times people who have mental health issues are ridiculed and left on the street to tend/fend for themselves. They are left to live with their struggles alone. For this reason and more people are not willing to talk about their mental state.
Depending on their faith or background we almost always advise them to seek God. Through the church or man of God for their mental state. Which in itself is not bad if some of them can figure out what you are suffering from and can offer help through counseling. In cases where they feel it is beyond their control refer the victims for professional medical help as fast as possible. Some are even taken to shrines for charms and other diabolical stuff used to drive these assumed evil spirits that have possessed these victims and causing the madness. I don’t know if it is possible to drive evil with evil or maybe there are levels to these evil powers, but that we will leave for another day.

For the purposes of this Time Out article let’s try to answer some of these questions;
What is a mental health illness?
What are the types of mental illness?
What causes mental illness?
What are some of the signs of mental illness?

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MENTAL ILLNESS-is a health condition encompassing changes in attitude, thinking, or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are related to discomfort and difficulties functioning in social, work, or family activities. Mental illness is common.
Numerous people have mental health problems from time to time. But a mental health problem comes to be a mental illness when continuous signs and symptoms result in periodic stress and influence your capacity to function. Mental illness is common. About 1 in 5 adults has a mental illness in any given year. Mental illness can begin at any age, from childhood through later adult years, but most cases begin earlier in life.
The effects of mental illness can be temporary or long-lasting. You also can have more than one mental health disorder at the same time. For example, you may have depression and a substance use disorder.


Clinical depression

A mental health ailment characterized by a never-ending unhappy mood. It can also be the loss of interest in recreations, causing notable suffering in one’s daily life.

Anxiety disorder

A mental health disorder that is considered to be the feeling of worry, anxiety, or fears that is adequately strong enough to obstruct one’s daily activities.

Bipolar disorder

This is characterized by events of attitude swings differing from depressive lows to manic highs.


A group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning.

hyperactivity illness

A persistent situation involving attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.


An ailment that influences a person’s ability to think, feel, and function clearly.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Unreasonable thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

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1. Feeling sad or down
2. confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
3. excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt,
4. extreme mood changes of highs and lows,
5. withdrawal from friends and activities.
6. Significant tiredness, low energy, or problems sleeping.
7. Detachment from reality and trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people.
8. Problems with alcohol or drug use.
9. Excessive anger, hostility or violence, and suicidal thinking.

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1. Inherited traits. Mental illness is more common in people whose blood relatives also have a mental illness. Certain genes may increase your risk of developing a mental illness, and your life situation may trigger it.

2. Environmental exposures before birth. Exposure to environmental stressors, inflammatory conditions, toxins, alcohol, or drugs while in the womb can sometimes be linked to mental illness.

3. Brain chemistry. Neurotransmitters are generally existing brain chemicals that transmit clues to other parts of your brain and body.


There’s no certain path to avoid mental illness. However, if you have a mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience, and to stimulate low self-esteem may help keep your symptoms under control. Follow these steps:
• Pay attention to warning signs
• Get routine medical care
• Get help when you need it.
• Take good care of yourself and your sanity. 

Learn to take time out for yourself, it is very important to treat yourself, even if that means some alone time to reenergize. If you are becoming overwhelmed with things. Take a step back and breathe, go to the beach, take the kids out, and go to the park, walk your dog around if you have any, visit family and friends. Learn ways to calm yourself and relax. Learn to identify your triggers and take the necessary steps to bring yourself to sanity.

This article is for information purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice or your mental health services provider(s).

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©By Rahima Vandy Kargbo known as Dasalonetiti Rahima