Mental health 

World Health Day: Three myths about depression we should debunk
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Politics and Society World Health Day: Three myths about depression we should debunk

Today we commemorate World Health Day amid reports by the World Health Organisation indicating that depression is the number one cause of ill-health globally. The theme “Depression: let’s talk” recognizes that depression is a treatable condition and seeks to address the fact that, despite this, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. As we commemorate World Health Day, let us all remember that we are all vulnerable to depression.

Mental illness in the spotlight at the Abantu Book Festival
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Arts, Culture and Sport Mental illness in the spotlight at the Abantu Book Festival

“Black people don’t get depressed” is a refrain heard in some white circles. Yet depression and mental illness exist in black communities – something that is hardly acknowledged or addressed. A session at the inaugural Abantu Book Festival made the links between violence, mental illness and creativity. Tiisetso Tselima was there and this is her report.

Mental Illness: The Way We See It
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Lifestyle Mental Illness: The Way We See It

Lagos-based poet and mental health specialist Dami Ajayi writes about Yaba Left and the journey of a disused railway building from being an asylum in the 1900s to becoming one of the biggest psychiatric hospitals in Nigeria today. He considers the scourge of mental illness in Lagos and the disparities between the perception of mental illness by mental health professionals and members of society at large.