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Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month With Self-Care
Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month With Self-Care
13 May 2024

Prioritising your mental health is important and we’ve got tips to help you do it.

May is globally celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month but our psychological well-being should be something we prioritise all year round, especially when you consider that so many don’t. According to a recent study performed by Wits University, more than 25% of South Africans suffer from “probable depression” and yet only a quarter of them receive treatment for it.

It's time to shake off the stigma

There are lots of reasons as to why those struggling with their mental health don’t get the help they need. One is that mental health support isn’t really available in public medical facilities. Another is that there’s still a stigma attached to seeking help. According to SADAG (South African Depression & Anxiety Group), only 1 in 6 people would feel comfortable disclosing a mental health issue to their manager for fear of being viewed as “weak” or “incompetent”. Thing is, neither of these things is true but until we start considering our mental health the same way we do our physical health, South Africa might continue to hold its current position as one the lowest ranking countries in the world when it comes to mental wellbeing.

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How to prioritise your mental health

Researchers agree that South Africa needs to direct more funding towards public mental healthcare programmes but this could be a long time coming. That’s why it's important you empower yourself by making mental health a priority and we’ve got a few practical tips to help you do it.


Keep connected
Social connections play a significant role in mental health. Reach out to friends and loved ones regularly, even if it's just a quick WhatsApp or phone call. Surround yourself with supportive people who uplift you and validate your experiences.

Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or keeping a gratitude journal, can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. Set aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, allowing yourself to be fully present in the moment.

Stay active
Physical activity isn't just beneficial for your physical health; it can also have a positive impact on your mental well-being. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's yoga, dancing, or going for a run, and make it a regular part of your routine.

Limit your screen time
Excessive screen time can contribute to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Set firm boundaries around your screen time, especially before bed, to ensure you have time to unwind and relax. A chronic lack of sleep is the fast track to becoming more prone to a mental health struggle so make getting seven hours of high quality sleep a priority.

Seek professional help
Talking about your feelings with your friends is a good thing but if you feel you’re really struggling don't hesitate to seek support from a mental health professional. Therapy can provide valuable tools and strategies for managing symptoms and improving overall well-being. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has a great list of helpline numbers and many of them are toll-free.

Be kind to yourself
Remember to be kind to yourself. We all have bad days, and it's okay to not be okay sometimes. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding you would offer to a friend in need.

Get real peace of mind
One of the biggest mental burdens affecting most South Africans is constantly worrying about money. While we can’t predict the future, we can get life insurance. This way, should you pass away, your family will receive a lump sum to protect their financial future.

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