'After my Dad's suicide, I was running to escape the feelings' - marathon runner

Speaking to Sebenzile Nkambule, Zanele explains what prompted her to start running.

My Dad suffered from depression and committed suicide and I just had to find a way of dealing with everything.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

She said taking up running helped her to deal with some of the feelings around losing her father.

At the beginning, I guess I was just running away from the shame, I was very angry , I had no answers, no closure. When I started running I just felt better.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

My father was an amazing Dad, he was just always there for me, not only just for me, but for my siblings.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

Zanele recently teamed up with SADAG (South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group) to raise money for the group.

Recently I made the decision that I would just run for charity, to raise awareness of depression and suicide.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

She's set herself a goal of running 18 races from the beginning of January to July of this year, all in aid of SADAG.

I want to change the misconceptions about mental illness, because we don't always offer the right support for people who suffer from mental illness.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

Listen to the full interview with Zanele here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'After my Dad's suicide, I was running to escape the feelings' - marathon runner


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