It’s World Mental Health Day!

To celebrate the important day, we are shining the spotlight on celebrities who are doing their bit to help destigmatise mental illness.

Stars like HHP, Shoki Mokgapa and Nichume lost their battle with depression when they took their own lives.

But you don’t have to suffer in silence.

These local stars want you to know that you are not alone in your fight against depression and other mental illnesses.

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Bonnie Mbuli

Bonnie Mbuli spoke openly about her depression in her 2012 book, Eye bags & Dimples. She wrote in her book: “The trauma of my childhood had caused so much psychological and emotional damage that, over time, it translated into physical symptoms, and insufficient serotonin was causing my clinical imbalance.”

Seven years after the book was published, Bonnie is still doing what she can to take away the shame associated with mental illness. She uses her social media platforms to talk to her followers about depression.

“It’s time to talk about it! I’ve started a series on my IGTV which will continue over the next few weeks, addressing the scourge of depression, check it out and respond with your questions and issues you’d like me to discuss. #letstalkaboutit,” she tweeted in 2018.

 

 

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Shalima Mkongi

Shalima Mkongi is determined to break the stigma in the black community, that associates mental health issues with witchcraft. She believes it is important to educate people about mental illness to help ensure that sufferers get the help they need without being judged or feeling ashamed.

“I would love to challenge writers and myself to start writing stories on the mental illness within the black community. I’d love to write a film about why black people think when you have [an illness like] schizophrenia you have been bewitched.

“I’d love to see a story like that because, us black people, are affected by mental illnesses that we don’t even know about. [For example] I know that depression in black families does exist,” she told Massice Radio in 2017.

 

 

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