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Media personality Somizi Mhlongo did a hilarious Musa Khawula impersonation. Images via Instagram @somizi.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Somizi Mhlongo on depression

Media personality Somizi Mhlongo opened up about depression as South Africa observes Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Media personality Somizi Mhlongo did a hilarious Musa Khawula impersonation. Images via Instagram @somizi.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, media personality Somizi Mhlongo opened up about his battle with depression, via a video on Instagram on 12 October.


According to The South African Government, October is Mental Health Awareness Month and Somizi Mhlongo has opened up about depression. 

“Recorded this yesterday and decided not to post it. I watched it this morning and it felt like I was listening to something I’ve been needing to hear. It felt so good. I woke up feeling good as well. So, I hope it has the same impact on you as well. Have a great day,” he wrote. 

The media personality explained that depression doesn’t choose from financial status, race, gender or anything else when it comes at you. He explained that he took control by recognising it and not denying it.

“This condition doesn’t choose your financial status, doesn’t choose race, gender, sexuality when it’s attacking; it’s attacking. What I’m doing now is dismantling it of the power that it thinks it has by one talking about it,” he said.

“Now that I can recognise it, don’t deny it, but don’t glorify it. Recognise it and say, ‘I see you and I’m going to do something about it,” he continued.

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Somizi also said that he recalls days when he wished he never woke up and that is how he knew he was going through depression. 

“I sometimes also remember days when I wake up and I wish I never woke up. That is when you know you [are] either depressed or you are going through a lot of things and you wish you want to throw in the towel,” he said. 

“And that is when again I am grateful for the spirit that I have. That 10% of that positive mindset is very important,” he continued.

Media personality Somizi Mhlongo. Image via Twitter @ViralFeedZA

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