"It's okay not to be okay." These words echoed at the annual Women's Day event that took place on 9 August 2022 at Tafelsig Congregation. The event highlighted the mental health issues women face on a daily basis, yet remain strong in the face of adversity.
Sister Una Rhoode hosted this special occasion, and the women who attended the event were treated to a range of guest speakers.
Dr Randall Ortel and Psychologist Heinrich Benjamin outlined various mental health illnesses. This included major depressive disorder and bipolar, as well as their symptoms and treatments.
Social worker Zanda Africa mentioned the importance of mental health in children.
Sister Deidre van der Heyde and Carmelita Brooks both delivered testimonials. They commented on the hardships they faced during Covid-19 and how they sought refuge in prayer.
The final speaker for the event was sister Claudette Ruiters. She remarked that we need to look at mental health from a spiritual side too. The group was encouraged to trust in the help of professionals, but also to know that we are able to find our help and strength from God no matter what trials we may face.
The women also enjoyed listening to live music from the Yellowwood Primary School Choir, brother Trevor and accompanying saxophonist Chesray Sauls.