Mental Health

Life Esidimeni Families To Receive R1.2 Million In Compensation

Family members of the Life Esidimeni victims will receive R1.2 million in equitable financial compensation, the Arbitration led by former deputy chief justice Dikgang...

Life Esidimeni: More Than Money, We Need Proper Mental Health Care

"Umuntu ngumuntu nagbantu". It takes a village to raise a child. For many African families, this includes aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. So, when...

Redefining Masculinity The BTS Way

In an age where constructions of masculinity are stifling and destructive, Asian musicians are breaking barriers and redefining what it means to be "manly."...

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...

“My brother would still be around if Life Esidimeni didn’t close...

The Life Esidimeni arbitrations are currently taking place in Parktown, following the deaths of mentally ill patients in government care. Many relatives expressed their...

How unaffordable healthcare costs leave people prone to dangers of self-medication

"I haven't been to a doctor in a couple of years now; and it's not because I never get sick but I...

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...

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...

What you can do when you see someone who might be...

The tragic suicide of a Wits student on the night of 14 October brought into sharp focus that we don't know how to deal...

#LifeEsidimeni arbitration should hold health department accountable

Led by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, an arbitration process to help resolve the deaths of over 100 mentally ill patients after they...

How to tell when someone is suicidal and how you can...

The World Health Organisation estimates that a suicide take place every 40 seconds, and that records indicate that suicide may happen at a rate...

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,...

‘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...

Safe coping strategies are vital for recovery of rape survivors

The trauma of rape can cause severe emotional distress for the survivor, and feelings of shock, shame, guilt, anger and powerlessness are common. But...

Rape is NOT the ‘new normal’

We’re midway through “Women’s Month” and things are pretty much the same as ever. Rape is a daily occurrence. Women are being murdered every...

“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...

Five reasons Linkin Park’s music matters

There’s this wonderful thing about music; it provides a sense of community. You listen to it and you feel like someone, somewhere gets you....

Here’s why you should cut teenagers some slack

Adults aren't the only ones that experience the "hard" life. People assume it's normal for teenagers to always be tired, moody and low in...

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...

National Epilepsy Day: “I have come to accept my illness but...

Bongeka Maduna (33) has been epileptic for over 20 years. She told the Daily Vox about growing up with epilepsy and how she has...
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