Mental Health

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...

Life Esidimeni: The forgotten people of South Africa’s healthcare system

There was once a time when people thought mental illness was demonic possession. Priests used to perform exorcisms, in which the supposedly possessed person...

What repealing ‘Obamacare’ will mean for Americans, and us

The US healthcare plan, dubbed 'Obamacare', marks Barack Obama's career as one of the most decisive and controversial moves he has made in his...

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...

On madness and mental health – “People have different ways of...

The Time of the Writer festival kicked off this week, and this year's theme is "Decolonising the book". Dana Da Silva spoke to MISHKA...
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