Masakhane helps curb mental health in the arts and entertainment sector

The epidemic of depression and mental illness is ravaging youth, according to Skonz Makhathini, one of the founders of Masakhane, an initiative aimed at tackling mental illness in the entertainment industry.

Loosely translating to mutual building, Masakhane aims to create visible, youth-focused change in communities.

“This campaign is a solution-focused initiative aimed at reigniting the creative spirit of young South Africans,” said Makhathini.

“Our experience has taught us that a feeling of apathy resulting from a lack of opportunity is a strong contributor to depression.”

As one of the ways to de-stigmatize and humanize depression and mental illness, Masakhane hosts annual interactive seminars in partnership with leading figures in the arts sector.

“We had four successful interactive seminars where people were first educated and enlightened about what depression and mental illness are, and how they can cope with it,” she shared.

This year, Masakhane partnered with Impande YeSigodlo Family Spiritual Wellness Institute and industry artists. It will hold its fifth annual interactive seminar at the Downtown Music Hub in Johannesburg on June 25 from 10am.

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Mbalenhle Zuma