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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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Undoing the stigmas around mental health 140 characters at a time

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 6 July 2017

Undoing the stigmas around mental health 140 characters at a time

Last year, 23-year-old Thabile Mpe was diagnosed with type two bipolar disorder. Two things immediately became clear to her. The first was the lack of public information about not just bipolar disorder, but the entire spectrum of mental illnesses. The second was that the language used to communicate mental illnesses was either peppered with stigma...

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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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The mental effects of #FeesMustFall haunt me to this day

by: Thulani Maphasa - 5 May 2017

The mental effects of #FeesMustFall haunt me to this day

A procession of policemen in riot gear prey up and down Prince Alfred Road in the dark, one evening at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR). On that same night, students gathered on the Steve Biko Union lawns to map out a strategy for the next day. A stun grenade is set off. Students...

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