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There is still a taboo surrounding mental health and how we discuss it in public but the ‘I Feel Project’ is changing that for Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

South Africa (29 September 2020) – On the eve of President Ramaphosa’s first speech when he addressed the nation on the spread of the novel coronavirus, an appeal was made to all South Africans that “those who have resources, those who are healthy, need to assist those who are in need and who are vulnerable”.

CoronaCare was set up off the back of this powerful statement. It was initially formed with the intention of collecting funds and donations and distributing them to vulnerable communities. In less than a day, the founders realised there were better ways for them to contribute to the fight. CoronaCare quickly became a collaborative platform for concerned South African citizens and businesses to be able to support organisations on the ground fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through social media and their online presence, CoronaCare became a centralised and safe place for individuals to have a nationwide reach and impact with their donations.

While helping feed people was a massive part of CoronaCare’s ethos, it became clear that mental health was an important factor too. That is how the I Feel Project was born.

The I Feel Project helps people express how they Feel, Grow, Cope, Support and Build. The project aims to break the stigma or taboo that surrounds mental health and wellness. The lockdown caused a massive strain on the mental wellness of millions of South Africans. From stress due to job loss and lack of food to stresses about catching the coronavirus or making loved ones ill, a very real crack started forming.

By speaking out loud and relating to others, the I Feel Project helps people by showing that we are not alone and that our mental health is really important! Aside from creating a platform for people to speak out, they also offer tips to work through negative feelings.

“Healthy and Helpful Coping Tip:⁣ Take a step back to gain perspective of the situation and breathe to calm yourself down so you can think clearly.⁣”

“Healthy and Helpful Coping Tip:⁣ Challenge your thoughts when you feel anxious and test whether the negative thoughts are true, helpful and whether what you’re worried about will matter in a week, a month or a year.”

“Healthy and Helpful Coping Tip:⁣ Focus on your accomplishments to challenge your perspective when you feel discouraged, insecure, demotivated or unworthy.⁣⁣”

They list several resources for people who need to reach out and access support.

Helplines:⁣

  • Lifeline SA – 0861 322 322⁣
  • SADAG
    – ⁣To contact a counsellor between 8 am – 8 pm Monday to Sunday, Call: 011 234 4837 ⁣
    – For a suicidal Emergency contact 0800 567 567⁣
    – 24hr Helpline 0800 456 789⁣
  • Hope House Counselling Centre
    – Bergvliet, 021 715 0424⁣
    – Kuils River, 021 903 0521⁣
    – Table View, 021 522 9228 or 081 500 3054⁣

Take a look at all the people speaking out below.

 

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Masilo, 20, Stellenbosch⁣ ⁣ I AM EMPOWERED because I COPE⁣ ⁣ Use music as part of your self-care routine and when feeling disconnected from others, make use of online platforms where you can interact with people in a meaningful way and where you can connect with others over shared interests. ⁣ ⁣ #TheIFEELProject #IAMHUMAN #ICOPE #CoronaCareSA⁣ ⁣ 🙏🏼 Helplines:⁣ ⁣ Lifeline SA – 0861 322 322⁣ ⁣ SADAG – ⁣ ⁣ ▪️To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday, Call: 011 234 4837 ⁣ ▪️For a suicidal Emergency contact 0800 567 567⁣ ▪️24hr Helpline 0800 456 789⁣ ⁣ @hope_house_counselling_centre – ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Bergvliet, 021 715 0424⁣ ▪️Kuils River, 021 903 0521⁣ ▪️Table View, 021 522 9228 or 081 500 3054⁣

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Lindi, 25, Cape Town⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I AM EMPOWERED because I FEEL⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Life is full of uncertainties. This means we’re going to experience many situations that are bound to trigger feelings of anxiety about the unknown.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🥺 So, it’s safe to say we all experience anxiety but anxiety does range from fleeting feelings of distress or dread to experiences where we are completely debilitated.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⌚ Sometimes this feeling can last a few moments and sometimes it can take up most of the day.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 👉🏼 Anxiety can be expressed in many different forms for different people. Some experience an overwhelming sense of uneasiness and shortness of breath while others might experience difficulty concentrating, irritability, tiredness or sweating to name a few.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 👉🏼 Anxiety can therefore be experienced emotionally and physically. This is why it is so important to understand your warning signs. Once you recognize how your body and mind react to stressful experiences or stimuli, you can put things in place to help you calm down as soon as possible.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 👍🏼 It is good practice to ACKNOWLEDGE your feelings – remind yourself that your feelings are valid and real. Once you have accepted your feelings, you can focus your energy on managing them.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 👫🏽 Reach out to someone who cares and understands what you’re going through and who you know is able to ground you – this is especially important when you feel like you aren’t coping and need additional support.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🔦 Feelings of anxiety can be indications that something isn’t sitting right with us – these emotions can therefore be helpful because they help shine a light on what’s bothering us, if something needs to change, if we feel endangered, if we are overworked etc.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ REMEMBER – your feelings are real but they don’t need to control you and they are not the definition of who you are.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🗣️ If you’d like to get involved or know someone awesome who would be great to include DM us! If you found this helpful let us know in the comments 👇🏼Let’s make 2020 meaningful! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #TheIFEELProject #IAMHUMAN #IFEEL #CoronaCareSA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🙏🏼 Helplines:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Lifeline SA – 0861 322 322⁣⁣⁣ @thesadag @hope_house_counselling_centre ⁣⁣⁣

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Jess, 29, Johannesburg I AM EMPOWERED because I GROW When we hold onto things – items, emotions – we can become stagnant. When we learn to let go and release our grip, we allow ourselves to not be threatened by the lack of control. 👌 This can be done through acceptance. Note, acceptance is not the same as giving up. Rather, it means we accept the reality of our situation and this can empower us to make appropriate decisions and implement a useful course of action. 😃 Acceptance can be seen when we focus on what we can control rather than focusing on things which we can’t. 👍 It is a normal emotional response to want to resist challenges and difficulties. But, merely resisting can be futile when we are already having the experience. It might prove more beneficial to direct our energy towards finding solutions and trying to process what we’re experiencing. 🧎‍♀️The skill of being still – this can help keep you centred when there is loads of pressure and can help you to think more clearly when figuring out your next steps. 💛 When we practice self-compassion we can better accept ourselves and set realistic limits which, in turn, can improve how we respond to ourselves when faced with disappointment and frustration. 🗣️ If you’d like to get involved or know someone awesome who would be great to include DM us! If you found this helpful let us know in the comments 👇🏼Let’s make 2020 meaningful! ⁣ #TheIFEELProject #IAMHUMAN #IGROW #CoronaCareSA 🙏🏼 Helplines:⁣ ⁣ Lifeline SA – 0861 322 322⁣ ⁣ SADAG @thesadag – ⁣ ⁣ ◾To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday, Call: 011 234 4837 ⁣ ◾For a suicidal Emergency contact 0800 567 567⁣ ◾24hr Helpline 0800 456 789⁣ ⁣ @hope_house_counselling_centre -⁣ ⁣ ◾Bergvliet, 021 715 0424⁣ ◾Kuils River, 021 903 0521⁣ ◾Table View, 021 522 9228 or 081 500 3054⁣ ◾Online sessions, 084 557 7525

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