Eusebius: It is okay not to be okay
As the world observes World Mental Health Day, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) says in the last eight months its suicide helpline had received more than 46,000 calls from people on the verge of taking their own lives.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation says every 40 seconds a person takes their own life somewhere in the world.
Eusebius McKaiser has the following to say about mental health and the norms created in society.
It is extremely difficult to flourish in a world where there is enormous pressure.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
I want to say today on the occasion of world mental health day that I see you, I recognise you and that it is okay not to be okay.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
I think part of the problem is precisely the overcoming narrative. You are not allowed to say I am not okay in society.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
The only time you are allowed to say I'm okay in society is if the next sentence is now in happy yesterday I wasn't okay.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
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