Mental Health in the Entertainment and Creative Industry

Artists in the creative industry in South Africa, as well as on a global scale are utilizing their high status quo as a platform to bring awareness of mental health.

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Local Celebrities:

  • Gigi Lamayne
Source: Gigi Lamayne (Instagram: @gigi_lamayne)

Gigi Lamayne, an award-winning South African hip-hop artist has shared that she has been struggling with depression for over 8 years now. Lamayne influenced and still influences South Africa to a great extent with her immense talent regarding lyrical abilities, song writing and her ability to catch and keep an audiences’ attention with her charismatic personality. She has admitted that she had stopped feeling the essence and joy of life, causing her to fall into a dark hole of years of self-destruction that ultimately lead to her suicide attempt in 2018.

She plummeted into depression, because the pressure of being so involved in her career and constantly in the public eye, made her feel like she is not able to be human and make mistakes. Her suicide attempt has however encouraged her to be a supporting person for whomever needs help and support. She aims to create awareness of mental health in South Africa, a country that is especially not as educated on mental health.

  • Tebogo Thekisho a.ka. ProVerb
Source: Tebogo Thekisho a.ka. ProVerb (Instagram: @proverbmusic)

ProVerb — real name Tebogo Thekisho, rapper, radio presenter, TV personality and Idols SA presenter recently launched his memoir titled The Book Of ProVerb. In this memoire, he addresses his hard battle with depression, his relationship with his late mother and his grandmother, who died this year. He stated that the book is not about his divorce, but rather how he survived a dark period of his life and how he has found peace. He talks about his victory against depression and how he overcame that really dark period in his life. He hopes to inspire and bring awareness to mental health and the implications it has on a person.

International Celebrities:

  • Demi Lovato:
Source: Demi Lovato (Instagram: ddlovato)

One star in the entertainment industry who does not shy away from speaking about their mental health, is Demi Lovato. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2015 , the superstar has tried to help people get through the psychological impact that Covid-19 has had on individuals by lending a helping hand to those in need. She took to Instagram to announce that she was launching a Mental Health Fund that would help provide free counseling to those who were psychologically impacted during the pandemic. Studies from The Harvard Gazette have shown that the Covid -19 Pandemic has had a negative impact on people’s mental health. The star went on to share that “Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength”, which is why asking for help is the first step to a better you.

  • Kanye West:
Source: Kanye West (Instagram: @kanyewest)

No introduction is needed when referring to Kanye West and his many talents, but something that not a lot of people know about him is that he suffers from a mental disorder. Kanye West is a Grammy Award winning rapper, record producer, highly influential fashion designer and a sufferer from Bipolar Disorder. He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2017. Many have voiced their opinion that the uncalled for actions and behaviors that he displayed in the past, make more sense now knowing that he suffers from Bipolar Disorder.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West, opened up about his disorder and the effect it has had on their family. She stated that they now know how to cope with his illness and what they can do to support and assist him during his mental health journey. Kim Kardashian West, like many others, emphasizes that if anyone close to you is struggling with their mental health, it takes a toll on both of you. Awareness regarding mental health for not only people suffering from it, but also people close to those who are suffering, needs to be created.

Source: Tatiana Alfaro (Medium.com)

We are all human and all humans need to take care of their mental health. Mental health problems affects the way you think, behave and see life in general. Mental health is just as important as physical health, but we are less educated on it than on physical health. The more we learn about mental health problems and ways of coping with it, the better we can support and assist those who struggle with mental health conditions.

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