Despite Testing Positive For HIV, Surviving Sexual Abuse @17 and Attempting Suicide, Thelma Emerges A Victor

CATHERINE Murombedzi has known Thelma for three years. A youth in the Pan African Positive Women’s Coalition- Zimbabwe, (PAPWC-ZIM) and the Zimbabwe Women living with HIV National Forum (ZWLHNF), Thelma is unpredictable and can be happy this moment and withdrawn thereafter. Thelma avoids crowds and noise, usually taking a lone seat during tea breaks. By Catherine Murombedzi, Health Correspondent Unlike youths her age, she is more on the mature side and is selective, very selective when most people are happy to have a full plate of everything when buffet is…

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#BREAKING: Zim Sitting On A Post COVID-19 Mental Health Time Bomb

DEPRESSED AFRICAN LADY (pic by Huffington post)

MENTAL health expert and Psychologist, Dr Kudakwashe Muchena has warned of a serious mental health crisis post the COVID-19 induced lockdown at the back of economic and social uncertainties that have been brought about by the prevailing COVID-19 health crisis. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Muchena said Zimbabwe had already been experiencing high suicide and mental health cases before the COVID-19 struck and the prevailing health crisis would likely worsen an already fragile mental health environment. We are sitting on a time-bomb, whilst all the focus…

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#Exclusive-Male Suicide Cases Skyrocket In Zim: ZRP

MALE suicide cases in Zimbabwe have been on the rise between 2015 and 2019 compared to females, HealthTimes has learnt By Kudakwashe Pembere Over the past five years, the trend has been showing that males were dying more by suicide contrasting with women.With males being more reserved in handling socio-economic issues threatening their mental ability to cope with such, females on the other hand are seen to be more open in seeking help. Speaking with the Zimbabwe Republic Police National Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi on Wednesday, he said their…

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Five Time Suicide Survivor Speaks Out

DEPRESSION knows no boundary. Neither does it respect religion, social status, race, color, or even looks. By Kudakwashe Pembere It is no secret that  Mrs Ellen Maponga (35) a Zimbabwean woman based in South Africa is a dazzling beauty. Her sparkling glassy grey eyes and slim figure could easily deceive one into thinking that the World Mental Health Day commemorations which she was also a part of in Harare was a beauty pageant. Besides just being a beauty, Ellen stands out as one of the few individuals who have successfully …

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One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds: WHO

THE number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide, said the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. BY HealthTimes Reporter But the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them. “Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Every death is a…

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#BREAKING: Suicide Cases Reach Alarming Rates In Zim

A total of 129 suicide cases were recorded between the months of January and March 2019 in Zimbabwe, compared to 91 reported in the same period last year, showing a 42% increase, a Zimbabwe Republic Police official has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi exclusively told HealthTimes on Friday that the majority of these cases were in the form of hanging. In January 2018 to March 2018, the Zimbabwe Republic Police recorded a total of 94 suicide cases and out of these suicide cases, 74 were…

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Of Depression And The Rise Of Suicides In Zimbabwean Universities

Depression is increasingly becoming a killer. According to stats, NCDs such as accidents, cancers and even depression have been identified as leading killers globally. By Kudakwashe Pembere Matters of the heart a8re complex and can take a huge toll on a student’s mental faculties. Worse yet if coupled with academic pressures and financial crunches, the impact can be catastrophic. In Zimbabwe , headlines every year are splashed all over of students ending their lives owing to these pressures. Depression and anxiety have become increasingly prevalent in today’s college students, with…

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