In the wake of Nelli’s tragic death, many people are opening up about their own struggles with mental health and some SA celebrities were not left out of the conversation.
It all started when Dr. Carolina Odman, spoke about her struggles with mental illness. Legendary singer Simphiwe Dana also took up the post and shared her story and from there Mel Bala, K Naomi, Brenda Mntambo and Nina Hastie joined in too.
Simphiwe said she suffers from depression and anxiety.
“I am Simphiwe Dana and I suffer from depression and anxiety. I don’t take meds for the depression as I fear it will affect my creativity. I do take Stresam for the anxiety,” she wrote.
“Thank you for sharing. I am Melanie Bala and I’ve suffered from depression, and post-natal depression. I take medication for my anxiety when it flares up. Let’s destigmatise,” Mel wrote.
TV personality K Naomi said she found out she had minor depression in 2018.
“Thank you for sharing. I am K Naomi Noinyane and in 2018 I found out I had minor depression but chose not to take meds because I was too scared to be reliant on them. I do although still suffer from anxiety. A therapist and my supportive family are my coping mechanisms,” she wrote.
Nina Hastie also shared her experience with manic depression over the weekend. In a lengthy Twitter post, she explained what a person goes through when suffering from this illness and where they can get help.
Afro-soul singer Brenda Mntambo also opened up and said she survived on medication for anxiety for over a year.
“This is an introduction to my healing process from the pain I have endured in the past. This is me getting up and not allowing it to consume me like it has. This is me coming back to myself as I have forgotten who I was and honestly I wasn’t functioning well mentally for some time now. This is me pouring my heart to therapy and claiming my life again,” she wrote.
“MENTAL HEALTH is real thing. I have survived on chronic medication for anxiety for over a year now. I know I have to survive this and get well for myself and also my kids. I decided to name my upcoming album #SANE as a reminder that I am well, that all is well, that I can come out of this pit and live and be happy again,” wrote Brenda.