Suicidality and mental health: a psychosocial lens

We live in a society where suicide is becoming increasingly common. The 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day which is a day aimed at promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide. SADAG reports that there are 23 known cases of suicide in South Africa per day, and for every person thatContinue reading “Suicidality and mental health: a psychosocial lens”

Blended Voices- Exploring challenges and opportunities for healing in Africa

CSVR hosted its first global symposium, titled, Blended Voices, which focused on building an understanding of torture, war trauma and violence through an African lens. The symposium took place virtually through a series of webinars starting in October 2020 and ending in March 2021. It brought together voices of African practitioners working on the groundContinue reading “Blended Voices- Exploring challenges and opportunities for healing in Africa”

Can you hear me? Are you okay? ‘Tele-therapy’ during COVID19

COVID19 has brought about a new normal for many of us. As mental health professionals providing face to face counseling services to victims of violence and trauma, our new normal became tele-therapy. Some of us had done this in bits and pieces over our years of practice but never to this extent, never for aContinue reading “Can you hear me? Are you okay? ‘Tele-therapy’ during COVID19”

Trauma in the air: Catastrophe and/or transformation

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the often-masked reality that mental health is as much a societal issue as it is an individual one. In 2020, COVID19 has united South Africans and the Global community as we face a common enemy, resulting in a collective trauma experience. Our mental well-being as a society has been ‘shook’,Continue reading “Trauma in the air: Catastrophe and/or transformation”

SGBV and Healing:Intervention recommendations by CSVR practitioners

Following the previous blog, Don’t call me a ‘women’, in which reflections focused on SGBV in South Africa and its escalation, the CSVR Mental health and Psychosocial team set together to brainstorm ways of intervening. CSVR has for the past 30 years been offering mental health and psychosocial interventions for survivors of sexual and genderContinue reading “SGBV and Healing:Intervention recommendations by CSVR practitioners”