What’s on for #WorldMentalHealthDay

What’s on for #WorldMentalHealthDay

Stellenbosch doesn’t shy away from talking about the more difficult topics. Today, around the world, the topic of Mental Health is at the forefront.

Every year on the 10th of October the day is observed with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

In our town there are various efforts and initiatives to raise awareness and break the stigma around mental illness.

Here are two options for supporting the day:

The University’s Centre for Student Counselling and Development has teamed up with Pulp Cinema in the Neelsie.

The cinema will be showcasing films that are related to mental health – and it’s free for all Stellenbosch University staff and students.

Some of the films that you can watch are  Black Swan (starring Natalie Portman) and Half Nelson (with Ryan Gosling).

If you want to raise awareness while being outside, consider signing up for the Ithemba Foundation’s Hope Hike / Hope Bike event on Sunday 13 October at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate.

As Ithemba explains,

“The goal is to raise awareness of depression. These events are known as the Hope Hike and Hope Bike events because, if depression is the illness of despair, we must focus on building HOPE. We must not only raise awareness of depression, but also contribute to public education around psychiatric diseases, in order to destigmatise and humanise these diseases.”

To support Ithemba’s cause, sign up here. After you’ve hiked or biked, you can enjoy the yummy Blaauwklippen Market’s eats.

Let’s support each other as part of #livestellenbosch.


Written by Crystelle Knoesen

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