Following his recent revelations of his struggle with depression, the Motswako MC has decided to voluntarily admit himself into rehab for 10 days to “clear his system of antidepressants”, according to a Facebook post on his official page this week.
He also stated that he was seeking professional help so he could be “fresh for the #LifeForZoey concert” taking place on 7 May to raise funds for Zoey Kubheka, Channel24 reports.
Kubheka has dyskinetic cerebral palsy and needs $20 000 (R291 305) for stem cell therapy.
In a recent interview with Gareth Cliff on Cliff Central, HHP opened up about his struggles with depression and revealed that he’d tried to commit suicide three times in 2015.
The public’s response to his revelation was harsh, with some belittling him and others calling him weak.
In a previous interview with DESTINY and DESTINY MAN, Zizo Zaula, who suffered from depression a few years ago, said many people struggle to give support to those who are depressed because they really don’t understand what depression is.
“I wasn’t happy where I worked, and I hated living in Johannesburg,” she said. “For some time I struggled to sleep and had back pains. I didn’t know I was depressed.”
When Zaula’s doctor told her she was showing signs of depression, she refused to believe it. And instead of dealing with it, she started drinking to suppress the condition. After a while, she decided to stop drinking and went to church instead, but still avoiding treatment. This is when her condition became even more serious and she was admitted to hospital, where she was treated for depression.
She’s now on medication and doing well. “I think people still need to educate themselves about depression because when you’re depressed, that’s when you need family support the most.”
Psychiatrist Dr Jan Tshabalala says that in the black community there’s still a stigma attached to depression. “People will say that you’re weak for seeing a shrink,” he explains. “They’ll tell you to pull yourself together. Other people in our community will refer to black magic and say that (bakuloyile) you have been bewitched.”
Dr Tshabalala says he usually holds a family session after a patient has been diagnosed with depression.
“Families must not stigmatise the person who’s dealing with depression. Being informed and supportive is all the family can do.” He adds that we all have different levels of emotional resilience when dealing with life’s challenges.