Renowned actor and musician Nakhane recalls how he gradually fell into a drunken stupor that led him to thoughts of suicide.
The London-based South African award-winning artist recently penned an intense and “very personal” essay detailing how he conquered his battle with mental illness during lockdown even when he “was tempted to give in”.
“It was a boozy day that turned into a boozy night,” recalls the star. “It’s difficult now to recall the precise time I had started drinking, but I do have a clearer recollection of when the suicidal ideation began.
“It had been blinking at me for weeks, like a star in a sky that clouded over intermittently
Though he called the suicide helpline, Nakhane admitted that the “call still carried with it a sense of guilt and shame”.
The star went on the explain how complex mental health issues are, especially for people who are not familiar with the seriousness of the conditions.
“Depression is a difficult illness to describe to people who are not afflicted with it,” said Nakhane.
Dogs are hilarious, and their curiosity is contagious. Having one can help draw your mind from its obsession with rumination to the immediate and external, what is right in front of you. Watching my dog sniffing around brings back my own curiosity of the world,” admits Nakhane.
He adds, reminding all of us to be kind of ourselves: “Where in the first lockdown I set up goals for myself that were too big to accomplish, for example, this week you must write and produce a song every day, you must also continue work on your novel, read more etc., I am now more concerned with surviving each day.
In other news – Lerato Kganyago purchases a new Mercedes Benz on her 39th birthday
Lerato Kganyago turns 39Taking to Instagram stories, she shared a clip revealing the books, and an email from the car company.
The car is yet to be in South Africa, but she’s been congratulated on the purchase of a new G63 AMG.-year-old today, and she blesses herself with beautiful gifts. Aside being celebrated by fans and friends, the star also celebrated herself by acquiring new books and a new Mercedes Benz car. Learn more
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