In just three months at least three South African anaesthesiologists have taken their lives, reported the South African Society of Anaesthesiologist’s (SASA) Natalie Zimmelman who said the profession was facing a mental health crisis.
After losing her father due to suicide in 2010, Zanele Hlatshwayo (35) from Orlando West in Soweto turned to running as a way of easing her own pain, and is now set on using her athleticism to raise funds to help people suffering from depression and mental illness.
Mpho Lekgheto’s brush with suicide changed her life. On the heels of the recent World Suicide Prevention Day, Lekgheto shares her story of hope and how she found the strength to not only cope but to devote her life to mental health.
A 26-year-old North West man recently killed himself after being diagnosed with HIV, leaving his family and two-year-old child in shock. A local counsellor says the death underscores the need for better counselling.