Traditional Healers and the Management of Mental Illness at Work

Traditional Healers and the Management of Mental Illness at Work

  In South Africa, a large percentage of the population would choose to consult with a Traditional Healer rather than a Mental Health Practitioner, such as a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist, when they are experiencing mental health problems.  The reason for this...
Are people with mental illness violent and dangerous?

Are people with mental illness violent and dangerous?

  In my workshop, Understanding and Managing Mental Illness in the Workplace, one of the topics is addressing the stigma and the many myths about mental illness.  One of the many myths is that people with mental illness are violent and therefore dangerous.  The...
What is the difference between Depression and Burnout?

What is the difference between Depression and Burnout?

  In this short article I will briefly summarise the differences between Depression and Burnout in terms of classification, causes, symptoms and treatment.  While there can be some overlap in presenting symptoms, there are significant differences between...
Leaders make a difference by understanding Mental Illness

Leaders make a difference by understanding Mental Illness

  I have come to realise over the past two years, since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, that many employers are talking about the importance of prioritizing employee mental wellbeing.  However, I have also realized that for many employers, any financial...
Pelotons in the corporate world

Pelotons in the corporate world

    Most people do not realise that cycling in the road racing format is a team sport.  To be honest, even although I have been a keen social cyclist for many years, it took me a while to realise this.  After all, isn’t it just loads of riders all trying to...
A tribute to the magical Shane Warne

A tribute to the magical Shane Warne

  When I heard last week that Shane Warne had died, I have to say, one of my first thoughts was, “Please let this not be another death by suicide”.  I have been reading and writing so much on the topic of late that it’s not surprising I would have this thought. ...
Is Death by Suicide a choice?

Is Death by Suicide a choice?

  Whether or not death by suicide is a choice is a much-debated question amongst mental health practitioners currently.  Many experts are urging us to refer to “death by” rather than “committed” suicide as the word “commit” has negative connotation and often...
A TRICK to help overcome GRIEF

A TRICK to help overcome GRIEF

A fairly recent     On the 27th of November 2021, I lost a very dear friend.  This was not entirely unexpected as she had been ill for some time but still, I was overwhelmed with profound sadness and a feeling of emptiness.  Somewhere at the back of my mind I...