It’s been a dark week few months for the entertainment industry. This week alone we’ve witnessed the tragic and untimely deaths of model Nelli Tembe, writer Phumlani Pikolo, doctor and activist Sindi van Zyl and even Limpopo schoolgirl Lufuno…

Earlier this year actress Noxolo Maqashalala and Arendsvlei star Caegan Arendse were both found dead in their homes.

Now more than ever before, the importance of mental health and issues like depression, anxiety and even stress have on our mental wellbeing need to come to the forefront of discussions.

Miss SA Shudufhadzo Musida – a mental health advocate and celebrity living with depression – this week hosted a live chat on social media discussing mental health discrimination and stigma in the workplace

Shudu’s thought-provoking discussion also inspired a large number of her followers – including celebrities – to get real about living with mental health issues

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Stars like Melanie Bala, Simphiwe Dana, Lalla Hirayama and more tweeted their ‘confessionals’ in an effort to destigmatise mental illness.

Melanie, a popular media personality and mom of two tweeted; “‘I’ve suffered from depression, and post-natal depression. I take medication for my anxiety when it flares up. Let’s destigmatise”

Model and presenter Lalla posted; “I struggle with panic & anxiety disorder, depression and have gone through 3 suicidal phases in my life. I have worked w/my psychologist for 8 years & a psychiatrist. I’m currently on medication to help.

Singer Simphiwe added; “I suffer from depression and anxiety. I don’t take meds for the depression as I fear it will affect my creativity. I do take Stresam for the anxiety.

Other stars like Sade Giliberti, Gina Myers and Nina Hastie also spoke about their own experiences on their social media pages…

 

 

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And just last month Rachel Kolisi revealed she had experienced both depression and suicide attempts in an inspiring podcast about her life and famous family.

 

 

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If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with depression or anxiety, or experiencing suicidal ideation, there is help! The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can help. Call 0800 456 789 (24 hours a day), SMS 31393, or visit www.sadag.org for more info and help.