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Depression Seminar leaves the public intrigued on Spirituality
​Attendees encouraged to concentrate on their spiritual wellbeing whilst attending a seminar that addressed depression at the 2019 Articulate Africa Book and Art Fair.

The seminar titled, It’s okay to not be OK, was facilitated by Nongcebo McKenzie and invited authors; Dr Lungile Bhengu Baloyi, Lauren Shapiro, Rosie Motene and Zanele Mthethwa to provide information on the topic, address social ills surrounding it and tackling depression overall. In many black households, depression is overlooked. Parents feel that their children are just acting up and will soon snap out of it. Whereas this is not true.

This panel of discussion addressed how depression is labelled as the silent killer and the onus are on the people around to notice your change in attitude and behaviour and offer a strong support system that will elevate the affected person.

A question posed on the panel was about approaching depressed people and offering support. In most cases, you’d find that a person suffering with depression tend to keep a fake smile locked on their face so that nobody notices their pain. “Sometimes you do not need to ask what the problem is. Just avail yourself and offer support. Sometimes you’d find that your presence alone can make a positive impact in someone’s life, reason being, depressed people always feel like their alone. So having someone go that extra mile to show that they care is very important,” said author of Through the Window-how I beat post-natal depression, Lauren Shapiro.

The panel addressed a very important topic about how family has a big impact on depression within teenagers. “Black families always encourage young people to keep toxic people in their lives. You’d find that your relatives force you to greet and interact with an uncle who molested you as a child. Forcing you against your will leaves a bad scarring and can damages relationships even further,” said Author of Divorce(Breaking the silence), Zanele Mthethwa.
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