Nthabiseng aims to help others heal through his suicide story

POLOKWANE – About 70% of those who attempt suicide suffer from a mental disorder, and depression is by far the most common in this regard.

That’s according to figures from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), and shedding light on a largely taboo subject is one of the aims of Mental Health Awareness Day, which was commemorated on Monday.

Nthabiseng Ngoepe, who is a suicide survivor, has become an author who aims to give hope to those who have lost all hope, by recounting her life journey.

Ngoepe is a philanthropist, pastor and lawyer driven by a passion to serve people.

She said the motivation behind her first book came from prayer and meditation which helped her own healing process.

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She spoke to BONUS about how her journey as a suicide survivor led to becoming an author.

“Suicide is a real pandemic and a cancer for society. The book takes readers through the journey that shaped my outlook on life by detailing the parts of my life that shaped the patterns of what I overcame.

Ngoepe told BONUS that it was initially relationship issues and then economic reasons that were behind his reasoning for ending things.

“Eventually I became a suicidal mother of two and took pills.”

She says, however, that she always knew there was a force greater than herself that kept her alive.

“I knew there was a greater purpose that God still has for me.”

Ngoepe said having a better awareness of her mental health and being more careful in terms of what she allows into her mental space is what keeps her peace and joy today.

In that sense, the public space the book placed her in can sometimes become uncomfortable, she said.

The book encourages discussions about feeling overwhelmed and being realistic about the imperfections of everyday life.

In light of mental health awareness, the entire month of October is dedicated to raising awareness on the subject.

Social worker David Kgatle of the Limpopo Mental Health Society says mental health problems can be overcome before they get worse.

“Commemorating mental health awareness is important to bring attention to the issues people face every day.”

For face-to-face advice with a provincial social worker, the Limpopo Mental Health Society can be contacted on (015) 307 4732 for any mental health related service.

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