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Coping with depression

This Women’s Month of August, we are focussing on depression. One in every four women will experience a depressive episode during any given year. Depression is a mental health condition which can be treated with medication, therapy, support and self-care. It takes a lot of strength to manage it, but remember, you or someone you care about can learn to manage depression with the right help.

Some of the signs of depression include: a sad or empty feeling that won’t go away; being tired all the time, and wanting to sleep for hours; losing interest in friends and hobbies that once made you happy; not wanting to eat, or eating too much.

Many women feel that they must have done something, or it is their fault that they are feeling depressed. If you feel this, remind yourself that being depressed isn’t your fault and it doesn’t mean you’re weak or should feel ashamed. As women, we often put the needs of others before our own. We juggle work, families, relationships and so many other commitments.

Let us stand together, break the silence, and create an environment where South African women can thrive mentally, emotionally, and physically. By prioritising their mental health, women can unlock their full potential, pursue their dreams, and inspire future generations to do the same.

More information, including tips for self-help and for helping others, can be found on our website: www.masiviwe.org.za and on our social media pages @MasiviweZA.

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