Rachel Kolisi on her mental health battles and self-harming
Rachel Kolisi, entrepreneur and wife of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, has opened up about her battle with depression and teen suicide attempt.
In an interview with Mpoomy Ledwaba on her Wisdom & Wellness podcast, Kolisi opened up about her mental health battles in her teen years and how she spent two to three years cutting herself as a cry for help.
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She also shared how her parents’ divorce affected her and how she carried it into her adult years.
“I felt led to share my story about depression and that journey. My parents went through a really bad divorce and this is just my personal story. I know everyone’s struggles are different.
“With my parents’ divorce was very challenging. I lost my way so much and found myself sometimes in not healthy friendship groups. They’d be like if you are having a tough day let’s have a drink or smoke and that’s the environment I found myself in and it spiralled. Depression does that, it does that to a person where you are like ‘I’m not depressed, I’m fine.’”
Although she has overcome many of her mental health battles, she is still going to therapy. “I’m a strong believer in therapy. Even in marriage. You don’t have to see someone only when your marriage is a mess. I’m an advocate of therapy.”
If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with mental health issues, talk to someone and ask for help.
Sadag has a mental health line on 011 234 4837, and an online toolkit on www.sadag.org, with free resources, online videos, reliable resources, coping skills, online tools and info on social distancing, self-isolation, etc.
Chat online with a counsellor seven days a week from 9am-4pm via the Cipla Whatsapp chat line on 076 882 2775.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.