Talking about mental health in South Africa
Over the past three years mental health has been flung into the spotlight and a significant portion of the conversation has focussed largely on public policy, government institutional failure and funding. Mzansi Mentality delves into the social and structural factors that shape how we engage with and understand mental health in South Africa. We aim to be informative, educational and entertaining.
ABOUT THE PODCAST
In South Africa, there is a need for a deeper conversation about how individuals, families and communities deal with mental health. Poverty, crime, gender-based violence, the prevalence of HIV/TB and a high unemployment rate have a significant impact on the psyche of young South Africans and often those are stories that are not told and we want to tell those stories. The intention is for the podcast to tell personal stories that are of public interest and to really explore the human condition. We want to use mental health as a lens into understanding issues of race, culture, religion, gender, sexuality, immigration, education, disability and inequality in South Africa.
Mental health is an issue that affects millions of people in South African, it is often stigmatised and misunderstood, resulting in many not wanting to talk publicly about mental health or acknowledge it. In addition to this, there is very little public education about what mental health is and how one can begin seeking assistance when one is suffering from a mental health disorder. Our podcast will focus on mental health issues in a way that we hope will de-stigmatise mental health and educate people about mental health and issues related to it. More
The podcast is co-hosted by Natalie Donaldson, a Researcher who identifies as a brown, queer womxn; Kentse Radebe, a Sociologist who identifies as a black woman; and Carl Badenhorst, an Educational Researcher who identifies as a white heterosexual male. All three co-hosts represent the idea of what the “rainbow nation” is supposed to look like and our three perspectives will add depth and dimension to the conversation as we explore the human condition and the various ways mental health shapes the lived experience in South Africa. More
MAINSTREAMING MENTAL HEALTH
Over the past two years’ mental health has been flung into the spotlight largely on the back of one of the most significant human rights violations by the South African government in over two decades. The Life Esidimeni tragedy resulted in over 140 patients losing their lives in poorly funded, unregistered and inhumane psychiatric facilities. A significant portion of the conversation has focussed largely on blame game politics, government institutional failure, the legal proceedings and investigations that followed, and government spending on mental health. As important as these conversations have been, what has been missing have been the voices of young, working class, black and LGBTQI South Africans. This podcast delves into those stories and to try and understand how South Africans are making sense of their lived realities using mental health to drive the conversation.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
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