In The Stillness I Wept

“One minute I am floating, and the next minute it feels like I have been hit by a bus.” These are the words I told my therapist the first time I visited her a few months ago. I was hurt and hopeless, and although I hoped that the pain would go away, I had learnt […]

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My Letter To You

My dear friend I applaud you for smiling, laughing and facing your fears. You are stronger than you think but you don’t have to walk each day with your head held high to please everyone. My friend, it is okay not to have anything figured out, it is okay to fail but always remember to […]

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The Tale of Adaptation

There are always two sides to every story and one’s blessing can also be someone else’s burden. The same can be said about the lockdowns that governments around the world have imposed to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic enabled families to get to know each other since they spent a lot […]

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A Note To Fellow Africans: Mental Health Is Real

Mental health is yet to be a prominent conversation in African communities. In the African culture, there are various perspectives on mental health and mental health conditions that are a hindrance to those affected. Some believe mental illnesses to be the “devil’s attack,” or “witchcraft.” While others claim mental illnesses to be just madness. Mental […]

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Listening: An Art

Have you ever tried to speak to someone who was not paying attention to what you said? Remember how frustrating that was? On the other hand, do you recall talking to someone who was actively listening, their body language matched their facial expressions, they did not interrupt you and made eye contact with you while […]

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Mental Health and The Workplace

By Sarah Jaravaza Mental Health is a difficult topic to bring up in the workplace. I have found that in my country of Zimbabwe, in the African context, many people associate having a mental health disorder with witchcraft and demons. In fact, in some communities, it is even considered taboo to mention a mental health […]

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Hit by Motherhood

By Reem Gaafar At the tender age of 35, and after more than 10 years of career building, relative financial independence and my life revolving around myself, I was blessed with twin boys. I am unable to clearly describe the experience, as 7 months into it, it is still somewhat of a blur. As I […]

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Dear John

I miss you every single day. I see you in every stranger that I meet. I feel you in every song, the lyrics remind me of our conversations. Sometimes I stop at your scent, with hopes of seeing you. There are days when it’s easier, and those days I tell myself that you are better […]

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