'Art helped me to cope with my mental illness'

Author, Ruth Carneson, joined Jennifer Sanasie in studio to discuss her latest book, Girl on the Edge. Girl on the Edge is Carneson's memoir which tells a story about isolation, loneliness and being afraid.

Ruth Carneson shares how creativity (drawing and painting) helped her to deal with mental illness, and helped her to cope with the mental trauma she experienced growing up with parents who were always hunted by the apartheid government. The feeling of emotional paralysis led her to cutting herself, which she says was not an attempt to kill herself but the need to feel alive again.


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