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Photo Credit: Bushy Wopp

One of Cape Town’s most art-loving suburbs recently got a wonderful addition that’s beautiful in more ways than one! Artist Bushy Wopp’s Mental Health Mural is a special reminder to check in on our loved ones. Have a look:


Woodstock, South Africa (25 October 2023) — Street artist Bushy Wopp (Chad Hanning) recently gave Woodstock some new art to fall in love with after creating a larger-than-life Mental Health Mural with an even bigger message.

Beneath the spray-painted surface showcasing all things wholesome (flowers, friendship and love) is the reminder that we can never fully know what someone else is going through; even when it comes to those closest to us. You might not understand how much someone needed that hug, text or hang-out, which is why building a culture of checking in on the mental health statuses of our people should always be on our to-do lists.

Bushy Wopp created the display in light of Mental Health Awareness Month. But, its overarching message, ‘Check in on your homies’, is always relevant.

Yes, life can get overwhelmingly busy. And it’s easy to get all too wrapped up in our own journies. But, we all have a responsibility to those we care about, and sometimes all it takes is a bright reminder.


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The award-winning street artist known for his striking illustrations and murals that have decorated everywhere from the V&A Waterfront to Thao Dien District in Ho Chi Minh City, was praised all over the country for his recent addition.

But, the mural will soon be on the move (at least, virtually) with plans for it to be digitally superimposed onto other landmarks in South Africa including the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the Castle in Cape Town, and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, to name a few.

May this art remind us always that Mental Health matters aren’t reserved for October only. Those seeking to be better support systems can read more here, while those seeking self-support can check out SADAG (South African Anxiety and Depression Group).

Sources: Supplied; Bushy Wopp
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