Scandal! actress Nomvelo Makhanya chats to us about her upcoming mental health talk, and the inspiration behind it. By Kwanele Mathebula
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The inspiration behind the mental health talk is my personal story.
I was living with a mental disorder for a long time, but was not aware of it. I would go through these emotions, and didn’t understand why until I started seeing a psychologist. I believe that a lot of people are going through the same thing and only realise when it’s too late. This is why I decided to create this learning platform, so we can having these conversations.
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We are hoping to help people understand different kinds of mental illnesses. I hope that through this platform, I can help other people to recognise the signs, and find their voice to explain to families and friends what they are going through. And, also seek the help they need.
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A lot of the things that happen are because of God’s own accord and timing. I am over the moon. I’m proud to announce that I am having my FIRST EVER mental health talk at @untitledbasement @artivistjhb . And I would like to extend the invitation to you and yours. I hope to see everyone there. To God be the glory Link in my bio
There are various activities planned for the talk. Mental health is a big topic, and there’s a lot to be learnt. So, we will have entertainment on the day which includes stand-up comedy, dance, poetry, music and monologues. These activities will somewhat create awareness around the stigma attached to mental illness. There will also be a question and answer session with a panel of psychologists and mental health activists.
I am excited to host more talks. I want to tell authentic stories of people suffering from mental health problems in collaboration with psychologists. I want to have these talks in different communities and settings.
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2019 marks the start of Silent Crisis with Nomvelo Makhanya. We are planning on collaborating with as many people as possible to create national awareness on mental illnesses. I also want to continue building my personal brand, and get more work done with excellence and professionalism.
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