A view from the other side!

TEXT RETHABILE MATHEALIRA-MOLAPO

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Spring is supposed to be a time of liveliness and replenishment, however lately I have read quite a number of comments on social media about people experiencing a pervasive feeling of depression and hopelessness, perhaps even aimlessness. How is one not going to feel those things when they graduate amidst a high unemployment rate and opportunities seem to be out of reach, when one’s growth is stunted and frustrated because one cannot live out their adulthood because financial constraints shackle them to their parents’ guardianship? It was not until I left the country for a little while that I realized that I too had been swallowed by this cloud of hopelessness amidst my efforts to bring to light the realities of the existence of mental illnesses – a contradiction of hopelessness and hopefulness, the struggle to keep my head above water and work against the current.

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