Make a splash in support of mental health

2019-12-04 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedA Pome Mental Illness Advocacy members promoting their walk.

PHOTO: suppliedA Pome Mental Illness Advocacy members promoting their walk.

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AFTER having to postpone their event earlier this month, A Pome Mental Illness Advocacy is inviting those who previously entered the 5 km walk to spread awareness around the stigmas that are associated with mental illness to participate in the walk on November 30, with the event set to start at 7 am.

Previously the walk was scheduled for November 2.

Ayanda Mavundla, the founder of A Pome Mental Illness Advocacy, said they will combine this walk with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

“We are urging everyone who entered to please come through and have fun with us while learning about mental illness and gender-based violence. For those who have not entered yet, there is still time as registrations are still open. On Saturday the registrations will start at 6.30 am,” she said.

The initiative is led by Mavundla and her executive members, Nonhlahla Ndlovu and Zoleka Dlamini.

The theme for the fun walk is “Colour Splash Mental Illness Awareness”.

Mavundla was diagnosed with depression in 2017 and, from her experiences of being hospitalised and her family not fully understanding what depression is; she realised there was a great need in society to educate and enlighten people, especially in the black community, about mental health.

Funds from the event will go towards supporting the organisation’s services, which include home visits, food schemes, group therapy, and one-on-one sessions for people affected by mental issues in the community.

The walk will commence from Townhill Psychiatric Hospital and head to the City Hall via Commercial Road, go down Church Street to Boshoff Street and then back to the hospital.

Registration is R150, which includes a t-shirt and a cap. Entry for children under the age of 10 is free.

For more information on the event contact Mavundla at 073 456 9235.

“We are urging everyone who entered [the event that was previously scheduled for November 2] to please come through and have fun with us while learning about mental illness and gender-based violence. For those who have not entered yet, there is still time as registration is still open.”

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