Unified initiative addresses mental health challenges in Orange Farm

On 27 October, a collaborative Mental Health Awareness Campaign was held at Thuli Home, an establishment for individuals dealing with mental health issues in Orange Farm.

The event was hosted by Thuli Home, Orange Farms SAPS and brought together a multitude of stakeholders such as CPF, CPW, CWP, FBO, PCO, GBV Brigades. Department of Health, Department of Social Development, Psychiatrist Dr. Jabu Ngobe, Ward Councilor. Men’s and Women’s Forum, NN Foundation, Wake Suthu Royal House, community members, and several others.

Kicking off at 9:00 am from Ext 3 Thuli Home with a symbolic walk to Ext 6a Multi-Purpose Center, the initiative sought to raise awareness about mental health. Using pamphlets and puppets, the campaign aimed to educate the community, emphasizing the importance of ending stigmatization against individuals living with mental health conditions, particularly within the workplace.

Additionally, 300 Crime Awareness pamphlets were distributed along the Link road by the SCP, GBV Coordinators, Community Police Forum (PF) Bicycle squad, and Crime Prevention Youth Desk, leading to the main event venue.

At the Multi-Purpose Center, a formal program commenced at 10:00 am. Various professionals in the medical field shared insightful information about mental health, addressing it as a significant social issue with implications for crime.

Colonel Hlapane from Sedibeng District Men for Change underscored the vital role men play in eradicating the stigma attached to mental health conditions. The successful campaign drew to a close at 1:00 pm, followed by an invitation for all participants to gather at Thuli Home for a communal lunch. Also acknowledging their contributions to this important cause.

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