Mental Health

A letter to a suicidal person

Dear suicidal person, If you are reading this, it means you're having doubts about suicide. So thank you. I may not know you or whether this...

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

May is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) awareness month. BPD is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of emotions, self-image, and behaviour, resulting...

We need to talk about the long-term effects of FMF on...

The effects of Fees Must Fall (FMF) protests are long-lasting and damaging to students' mental health and ultimately affect their academic performance. The Socio-Economic Rights...

Rhodes University Students Mourn The Death Of Khensani Maseko

Students at Rhodes University are mourning the death of third year law student, Khensani Maseko. Maseko was allegedly raped by her then-boyfriend in May...

Unemployed doctor: ‘Sometimes I can’t wake up because I feel like...

Medical graduates are having a difficult time finding employment as doctors in the public health sector. To qualify as an independent practitioner in South...

“I felt suffocated in myself” – growing up dark in a...

Nabeelah (22) sits in a hotel courtyard. With her bronzed skin, almond-shaped eyes and crop of curls, Nabeelah is beautiful. Her looks can be...

‘We don’t understand that body shaming is a shame itself’

Body shaming can have a lasting-impact on a person's life. Many women face scrutiny over their skin tone, weight and shape when they don't...

Tackling Menstruation Stigma Through Education

For many menstruators around the world, getting ones period for the first time or every time after that is a frightening experience....

What is autism, and what does it mean to be autistic?

Around one million South Africans are autistic. But what is autism? Perhaps you read A Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time or...

Six reasons why you shouldn’t bother watching Thirteen Reasons Why

At the end of March, Netflix released the series adaptation of the popular young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why to much enthusiasm. Even though...
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No Record Of 30 Suicide Attempts At Rhodes, University Says

Rhodes University and its Student Representative Council (SRC) have refuted claims floating around on social media that 30 of its students have attempted suicide...

How To Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that affects your emotional pattern, self-image, and your relationships with other people. Affecting one out of...

Five ways black bodies resisted conforming to old white traditions in...

The year of asinavalo has come with nothing short of dololo chill. Black bodies have resisted assimilation and conformity with white traditions in various...

Raashida Khan Takes On “No-Go” Areas In The SA Indian Muslim...

South African Indian Muslims are a conservative bunch: there are some topics that are just not spoken about. So you can imagine the furore...

Rape in a place of platinum

A snapshot of the community of Rustenburg shows a place of plenty, also a place of poverty.  Ufrieda Ho argues that beyond the juxtaposition,...

Wits Students Commemorates The Life Of Sanele Dhlamini

“If we as a family knew why this all happened to my brother, maybe we would have found peace,” said Sanele Xolani Dhlamini’s older...

Wits Engineering Student Dies After Fall From Braamfontein Building

A male mining and engineering student from Wits University passed away on Thursday night following a fall from a building in Braamfontein. According to...

By limiting access to treatment, poverty exacerbates mental illness

Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, can affect anyone. Approximately about 4.5 million South Africans suffer from depression. Research has also shown that...

An Open Letter to UP: why don’t you care about our...

Kemelo Sehlapelo believes the University of Pretoria (UP) needs to do more to look after the mental wellbeing of its students. On the 18th of...

The Real Problem With Sexual Assault Scenes In 13 Reasons Why

Controversy has surrounded the popular American teen drama series 13 Reasons Why since the release of season one in March of 2017. At its...
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