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Miss SA Shudu Musida hopes to remove mental health stigma with #MindfulMondays

15 February 2021 5:47 PM
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Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida will be hosting a series of online conversations with experts on mental health every week.

The #MindfulMondays series takes place on her Instagram page at 7pm every Monday and will tackle the various complexities of mental well-being.

It was launched on Monday 8 February with clinical psychologist and SADAG board member Zamo Mbele as Musida's first guest.

On Monday 15 Feb Miss South Africa was joined by educational psychologist Dr. Elzette Fritz to discuss teen depression.

Musida is an advocate for mental health awareness and is using the Miss South Africa platform to amplify her message.

She struggled with her mental health and anxiety for years after suffering from bullying during her childhood.

After years of self-hate, the 24-year-old says she decided to seek professional help when she saw someone on Instagram talk openly about their own mental health journey.

"When I started going to therapy and I started taking my mental health very seriously, I saw a big change in my life", she tells CapeTalk host Pippa Hudson.

Musida, who was crowned Miss South Africa 2020 in October last year, says conversations about mental health should be free of shame or stigma.

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I went through bullying from grade 3 until grade 8... It affected my mental health quite a bit, how I viewed myself, my self-esteem and anxiety in general.

Shudufhadzo Musida, Miss South Africa 2020

I realised the importance of getting help and undoing all the years of self-hate.

Shudufhadzo Musida, Miss South Africa 2020

When I started going to therapy and I started taking my mental health very seriously, I saw a big change in my life. I realised for us to go anywhere as a society, we need to fix our mental health first.

Shudufhadzo Musida, Miss South Africa 2020

I decided to get help through Instagram actually [after] someone posted a story about their mental health journey... I'm hoping #MindfulMondays does the exact same thing for whoever is watching.

Shudufhadzo Musida, Miss South Africa 2020

That's why they call mental illnesses the silent killer because we are not afforded the space in our society to speak about it freely, to engage with it, to seek help, or say that you are not okay.

Shudufhadzo Musida, Miss South Africa 2020

Listen to the Miss South Africa 2020 on Lunch with Pippa Hudson:




15 February 2021 5:47 PM
Tags:
Depression
Mental health
Miss SA
Anxiety
Miss South Africa 2020
Shudufhadzo Musida
Shudu Musida
Mindful Mondays
mental health stigma

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