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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] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

by: Live Staff - 10 May 2017

[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

According to community worker Sharon Brink, there is a big mental health problem in Ocean View, Cape Town, owing to the abuse of drugs and alcohol which is prevalent in the area. “And when it comes to the mental health facilities, we are so far,” she says. Johann Kikillus a director of the NGO Soteria...

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Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

by: Live Staff - 9 March 2017

Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014. “Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible...

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I couldn’t participate in #FeesMustFall protests because of my anxiety

by: Nkhensani Manabe - 22 November 2016

I couldn’t participate in #FeesMustFall protests because of my anxiety

Last year in UCT, and this year at Wits, I found myself on the outside of both the Rhodes Must Fall and the Fees Must Fall movements. As a humanities student, I saw the protests as a tangible manifestation of the theories we grappled with in class. Yet I chose not to attend mass meetings and...

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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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