Mental Health

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...

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...

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...
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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...

UCT Fallists Respond to VC Phakeng

"We asked if Mr Mayosi has a history of depression and they said he didn't until 2016. That day he was called a coconut....

“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...

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...

Extreme Pressures and Fetishisation: The K-pop Industry Can Be Toxic

The K-pop industry has been in the spotlight particularly over the past few months as more and more of its idols have been thrust...

How To Access Free Counselling In SA

Seeking and receiving medical attention for mental health doesn't come cheap despite South Africa being regarded as one of the major countries...

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...

New Kenyan App ‘Wazi’ Is A Therapist In Your Hand

Official data in Kenya shows that the number of people with mental health illnesses has risen exponentially. But more interesting than that...

Students Are Not “Committing Suicide”, Universities Are Killing Us

COMMENT I first went into a psychiatric ward when I was eighteen. I struggled with serious depression and had attempted suicide. At that age I...

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...

“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...

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...

The True Cost Of e-Health In A Global Pandemic

As South Africa enters its fourth week of COVID-19 lockdown, the rise of infections runs parallel to an increase in nation-wide anxiety. ...

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...

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...

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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