Mental Health

#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 they don't...

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...

“It’s like an empty battery trying to work” – living with...

Friday, 12 May is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has been dismissed as “yuppie flu” or “shirker syndrome” in the...

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...

The mental health system in South Africa is not well, say...

On Tuesday, the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a colloquium on the state of mental health in South Africa and the issues raised by...

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...

An atheist fasts for Lent: Week 4 – Learning to have...

Being atheist doesn’t come without difficulty. It’s like the choice to not have children, or to not get married - or anything that goes...

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...

Poem: 94+ and counting

who’s counting lifeless bodies mounting on frozen floors absent doors dignity stripped hope whipped freedom clipped who’s counting mute citizens shouting to deaf ears crocodile...

Dear Qedani Mahlangu: what have you done to our people?

There’s an oppressive nature about the heat in Atteridgeville as we drive in on Wednesday afternoon. It’s dry and dense, and opening a window...

Just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean mental illness isn’t...

It was revealed last week that at least 94 mentally ill South Africans died under the state’s watch between March and December 2016. The...
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