[LISTEN] Cape Town woman shares story in a bid to de-stigmatise mental illness

Andrea Schneider says it's high time South Africans start talking openly about mental health issues.

Schneider, a past speaker at PechaKucha Cape Town, says the stigma around mental illness is partly due societal pressures to perform.

Having lived her life with chronic mental health illnesses, Schneider says letting go of the shame has allowed her to connect more deeply with people.

She was diagnosed with binge eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, ADD and bipolar.

Schneider talks about what she believes are some of the gifts of mental illnesses, and what she has learnt through her own experiences.

Mental illness is a very real thing.

Andrea Schneider, Speaker at PechaKucha Cape Town

We can't tell by looking at somebody what is going on inside their head.

Andrea Schneider, Speaker at PechaKucha Cape Town

I have had a number of hospitalizations. People didn't understand and I didn't understand at first.

Andrea Schneider, Speaker at PechaKucha Cape Town

I realised that the only way I was going to connect with people is if I was open about it.

Andrea Schneider, Speaker at PechaKucha Cape Town

The next PechaKucha event will take place in Cape Town on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

Click here for more.

Listen to the discussion during the Family Matters feature:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [LISTEN] Cape Town woman shares story in a bid to de-stigmatise mental illness


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

Nature’s Valley Trust confirmed that an estimated 11.5-million clams washed up covering a large stretch of shore.

Planned Kleinmond game park won't keep lions or host elephant rides - CapeNature

Planned Kleinmond game park won't keep lions or host elephant rides - CapeNature

Cape Town residents and animal welfare activists have raised concerns about the plans to open the Lamloch Safari Park on the R44.

'It is time companies design policies that encourage mental health wellness'

'It is time companies design policies that encourage mental health wellness'

Psychiatrist Dr Sebolelo Seape says it makes perfect business sense for companies to care about their employee's mental health.

SA Tennis Player Raven Klaasen talks Wimbledon and mental toughness

SA Tennis Player Raven Klaasen talks Wimbledon and mental toughness

Klaasen reached the finals of the men's doubles with New Zealand's Michael Venus at Wimbledon last weekend.

Mom-to-be? Why your mental health is critical during and after pregnancy

Mom-to-be? Why your mental health is critical during and after pregnancy

Specialist psychiatrists Dr Mashadi Motlana and Dr Lavinia Lumu talk motherhood and mental health.

Company coughs up nearly 5 years' back pay for firing employee with depression

Company coughs up nearly 5 years' back pay for firing employee with depression

Labour specialist Natasha Moni explains why employers must be careful when dealing with matters linked to mental health.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

The Leonardo in Sandton may become the tallest building in Africa.

New Ipsos poll shows ANC winning 2019 election, rates Ramaphosa a vote puller

New Ipsos poll shows ANC winning 2019 election, rates Ramaphosa a vote puller

Senior client officer at Ipsos, Mari Harris says President Cyril Ramaphosa's trust index is higher than other leaders.

'Leaving Neverland' director: Michael Jackson groomed boys and their families

'Leaving Neverland' director: Michael Jackson groomed boys and their families

'Leaving Neverland' director Dan Reed talks about the making of the explosive Michael Jackson documentary and what it reveals.

'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on president Cyril Ramaphosa's train expirience on Monday.

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Eskom's Jan Oberholzer says it has discovered boiler tube leaks which continue for kilometres and is working to repair this.

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

The Steinhoff-debacle happened while the world praised SA for its auditing standards. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Steven Firer.

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Senior Researcher at Africa Check Kate Wilkinson shares their latest from their fact-finding missions.