Challenges faced by the youth tackled

2018-06-14 06:01
The founder of Lebone Innovators Foundation, Seipati Titipana, addressing the youth during the event.              PHOTO: unathi obose

The founder of Lebone Innovators Foundation, Seipati Titipana, addressing the youth during the event. PHOTO: unathi obose

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In an effort to educate other youngsters about the adverse effects of social-ills, the Lebone Innovators Foundation organised a wellness exposition at the Motale bus depot in NY124, Gugulethu last Saturday­.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation which works closely with orphanages, vulnerable and physically challenged children­.

Founder Seipati Titipana said their aim is to create an awareness regarding how to take care of one’s body, the soul and mind.

“We mainly focus on the mind, because it is a powerful tool which everyone blessed with it.

“You can do anything you want as long you mind is in focus. In many cases, we work with children who have depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety,” said Titipana­.

“There is a great perception out there that the youth are well informed about their social illnesses. People think that illnesses like depression, bipolar and anxiety are for white people only.

“When someone is depressed, we (black community) tend to take a person to traditional healers. We need to change that perception and we advise that if your child behaves differently, you must consult a professional doctor to assess him or her.”

She also encouraged people to talk about their health generally.

“We promote healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. We have mentorship programs with one on one sessions. Children who need help are referred to social workers for assistance. In many cases children behave strangely because they grow up in an abusive families or both parents are alcoholics who are prone to fighting ... As we visit orphanages, we spend time playing with them. And once we notice that there is child acting strangely or is a bully to other children, then we call the child aside and talk to him to find out the problem,” said Titipana­.

Nangamso Nteta, who is doing a post graduate Diploma in Management and Marketing at the University of Cape Town, encouraged people to speak out about their problems. “When I found out that I had depression and anxiety in 2016, initially I was in denial. Later, I acknowledged this (condition) and I found closure and inner peace.”

She advised members of the community to learn to love and control their inner self.

“People must stop blaming themselves for everything that happens in their lives. They must be strong and learn to let go,” she concluded.

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