S3. Ep 3: Substance abuse and mental health - it’s okay not to be okay

Did you know that three thousand people, globally, take their own lives each day? This number is according to a statement released by the South African Government on Suicide Prevention Day this year.

South Africa is still reeling from the suicides of great names in the entertainment industry who lost the battle with their mental health issues. Those greats may be gone forever but Tshego decided to take a different path when faced with the same challenges. In episode 3 of the Just For A Change Podcast, Ntombini has an honest conversation with Tshegofatso Ketshabile, known professionally as Tshego, about his challenges with depression and substance abuse.

If you’re struggling or know someone who is, this episode is vital. It approaches this very real and very heavy subject with empathy, hope and practical ways to get help. Make sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss an episode!

Links you should know about:

Lifeline
24/7 Helpline: 0861-322-322

The South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group

Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm)
Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am)
SMS 31393

Alcoholics Anonymous (https://www.aasouthafrica.org.za/)
24/7 Helpline: 0861 435 722

Narcotics Anonymous (https://na.org.za/_)
Helpline: 0861 006 962