October is Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated annually in October, and this year Cape Mental Health (CMH), will be raising awareness around ‘Dignity in Mental Health’.

Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. One in four persons in all communities worldwide has a mental health condition, and one in every four people has, at some point in their lives, experienced a loss of dignity because of their mental health condition.

Cape Mental Health holds aloft its umbrella of care and advocacy to restore the dignity that lives within their service users and to address external factors that erode their dignity by offering comprehensive, proactive and enabling mental health services in the Western Cape.

Although South Africa has legislation in place to ensure the protection of the rights of people with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, it is our ongoing responsibility to ensure that this legislation is implemented so that all South Africans are treated with dignity and respect.


#BornToFly is the theme of the 22nd Cape Town International Kite Festival which will fill the sky with incredible kites on 29 – 30 October 2016 at Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg. “We believe everyone is born with potential to fly beyond life’s circumstances,” says IngridDaniels, director of Cape Mental Health.

“Our mission is to help people realise their potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels lighter when they simply lift their heads and look up.” This is Africa’s biggest kite festival. Kiters from Canada, China, Germany, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and all over South Africa are expected to attend.

It is also South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event, with 100% of the profit going to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town. The festival offers affordable, feel-good, family fun with free kite-making workshops daily, including specialist sessions with master kite-maker Ebrahim Sambo, showing how to create a traditional Cape Swaeltjie (Swallow) kite.

For more information visit www.capementalhealth.co.za

Photo: Shark & Elephant – Photo Credit: Cathy Williams