Masimanyane highlights mental health issues at Youth Day event

Masimanyane hosted a Youth Day event on 16 June to raise awareness of mental health and how unemployment, gender based violence, crime and substance abuse can contribute to deteriorating mental health.

Part of this programme was also aimed at normalising discussion about mental health issues and to encourage the youth to seek help for mental health problems, where necessary.

Among those who participated in the initiative was Buffalo City councillor Ayanda Mapisa from Ward 8, who ensured the youth of this ward of her support.

She also encouraged her young constituents to finish school, saying the youth of 1976 fought for this right. An SAPS representative from Duncan Village spoke about how crime and substance abuse has swallowed the youth of today, but stressed that the SAPS are there to assist in the fight against crime, GBV and trade of illegal drugs.

Mrs Linda Mafaya, spoke about the services offered by Masimanyane, including counselling, and encouraged people to speak to a counsellor about issues affecting them and their loved ones.

This was aimed at improving the services provided at the Thuthuzela Care Centres and for each role player to know their respective duties.

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