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.
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