Youth helps the community

2019-01-23 06:01

AFTER being diagnosed with depression in 2017, a young girl from Caluza wrote a book and has now established a non-profit organisation called A Pome Mental Illness Advocacy (A Pome) in November last year. together with her partners Andile Ndlovu, Bonnie Malinga and Lethu Nyembe.

Speaking to Echo Mavundla said after writing her book titled Rescued by Depression which was launched in July 2018, she realised that there are lot of people who need help.

She said many people who are depressed are not even aware that they have a problem because no one is teaches them about depression and mental illnesses.

“The main aim for this non-profit company is to raise awareness these mental disorders. We want to help depressed people by uplifting them, finding a way for them to get professional help and seeing them through the phase.

“We want to be their support system,” she said.

Mavundla said they will start by targeting schools because that was where most problems started.

“We will be doing a book tour through 10 schools that we have chosen around Pietermaritzburg.

“The reason why we are starting in schools is due to bullying incidents which can lead children into depression.

“We will teach them about depression and mental illness so that they will be able to see the signs if something is wrong and go and seek help.

“Depression and mental illness is overlooked in our communities until someone commits suicide, then people start talking about it.

“There is a lot that needs to be done but we are ready to help the people who have this problem and walk them through.

Mavundla said she was bullied in school which she believed lead to her depression. “I did not even know that I was depressed because I did not have information. This is why I want to help others.”

Apart from raising awareness about mental illness or depression, A Pome also plans on giving five children, from the schools which they visit, the opportunity to obtain their learner’s licence and driver’s licence.

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