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Soweto Theatre will host an important discussion on mental and sexual health aimed at the youth this Sunday, 13 October 2019.

Facilitated by Aok Eve Creative, the discussion aims to tackle the stigma around illness that affect the youth.

Topics like depression, anxiety, HIV and Aids, and alopecia will be in the spotlight when a panel of experts and individuals who experienced these illnesses share possible ways to deal with the stigmas. 

Event organiser Themba Dhlamini said: “Right in Your Background discussion aims to create awareness about the ways that individuals could help themselves and those around them that are living with these illnesses.

“So many young people are dying in silence because of the stigma around this illness. Through this discussion, we want to empower the youth with knowledge and remind them that they don’t have to go through this alone. There’s help available. They just need to know where to go to get that help,” said Dhlamini.

He said one of the reasons the event was targeting young people was because of the increasing number of young people who are committing suicide.

“Almost every day we hear about a young person who has taken his or her life. In most cases it’s because they had no one to talk to or they didn’t know where to go for assistance. There are a lot of facilities and services offered by the City of Joburg that are available for free that most people don’t even know about them. We want to change that,” said Dhlamini.

The discussion will take place from 1pm on Sunday and the speakers include Dhlamini, who will share his experience of living with depression and anxiety, Bongi Nawa, who will talk about HIV/Aids and Tebogo Sebogodi, who is living with alopecia, a condition that results in hair loss. 

The discussion will be facilitated by radio and TV presenter Leroy Marc.

The event is free and those who want to attend should send an email to events@oakave.co.za or WhatsApp to 083 751 3748.



Written by Takalani Sioga