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Mental Health: How family and friends have failed us

by: Armand Mukenge - 17 October 2017

Mental Health: How family and friends have failed us

Depression is a challenging mental health condition, things become a lot tougher when we include the pressures that come from our family and friends. We spoke to Bonga Botha and Thando Tshabalala* about dealing with a mental health condition and the challenges that come with coming out to families. For Bonga, her mental health breakdown...

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(Video) How do you know when you have a mental health condition?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 10 October 2017

(Video) How do you know when you have a mental health condition?

Would you know if you were suffering from a mental illness and where you could access mental health care? Many of us are or have been affected by mental health in one way or another. We spoke to Thabiso Mailula, a Senior Psychological Facilitator at a psycho-social rehabilitation centre called Talisman Foundation. He works with...

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How social media is helping us fight the stigma of mental health

by: Devaksha Vallabhjee - 10 October 2017

How social media is helping us fight the stigma of mental health

At a dinner with some friends a while ago, the topic of depression came up – as it often does these days. He jokingly told us about how, when he lived at home with his grandmother and confessed that he was depressed, she told him to “take a Grandpa and go to bed early.” The...

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South African books that tackle mental illness

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 11 July 2017

South African books that tackle mental illness

The tortured genius, the neurotic pill-popping artist or the depressed party girl who drinks and sleeps the pain away, all of these lazy one-dimensional stereotypes are routinely used when discussing mental illness in either literature or the silver screen. In reality, mental illness is a lot more complex than that. Below is a list of...

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(Video) “Mental illness doesn’t have a colour, it doesn’t have a face.”

by: Sheilan Clarke - 14 June 2017

(Video) “Mental illness doesn’t have a colour, it doesn’t have a face.”

Mental health needs to be de-stigmatised. Last week we introduced you to Thabiso Mailula who spoke about his work as Senior Psychological Facilitator at the Talisman Foundation. (You can watch the video here.) As part of us exploring this often taboo subject, we spoke to Tasneem Motara. She’s an up-and-coming young politician and Member of the National Council...

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Rape survivor: I decided to keep the baby

by: Live Staff - 13 June 2017

Rape survivor: I decided to keep the baby

A few weeks ago, shortly after Karabo Mokoena was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, Namibian-born Lisa Mbala says she felt an overwhelming need to free herself from the silence of her own pain. So she took to her Twitter account to share a thread that has been retweeted 896 times, liked 608 times and responded to 79...

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I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

by: admin - 17 May 2017

I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

This post was written anonymously by a fan of the show, MTV Shuga: “I am a 21 year old male, studying engineering in one of the top universities in Nairobi, Kenya. Reggie’s character (played by Given Stuurman in MTV Shuga) really touched me as it is a duplicate of the life I live. I am born...

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These photographers are tackling depression through their work

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 17 August 2016

These photographers are tackling depression through their work

There’s still a stigma attached to mental illness in the black community. Some don’t even recognise it as a sickness – you are usually told you are being weak, especially if you are a man, because you are stereotypically expected to be strong. Three South African artists are using their lenses – stills and video...

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Sade Giliberti’s Stains of Pain

by: Nomsa Motale - 25 April 2014

Sade Giliberti’s Stains of Pain

“This feels so good…” I thought to myself when I saw blood dripping down onto the floor. I stared at the razor, thinking how can something so painful bring so much pleasure. For some reason the razor blade made all of my problems vanish for that split second. All the anger and disappointment I felt...

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Depression the new plague?

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 14 March 2014

Depression the new plague?

Yesterday I was at Umqhele Secondary School in Ivory Park, Midrand where The South African Depression and Anxiety Group(SADAG) was giving a talk on teen depression and suicide. I went to a few classes and listened to different volunteers give the talks but the one that stood out for me was given by a woman...

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