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Like their global counterparts, South African youth report high levels of mental health challenges arising from universal experiences such as the climate crisis, economic uncertainty, geopolitical instability and social media threats and pressures. Yet, there are also unique challenges affecting young people that are particularly rooted in South Africa’s socio-economic landscape.


With the rise in technology, comes the risk of "brain rot" from over-exposure to the online world, for both children and adults. While it's easy to occupy a child with a YouTube video, there are long-term effects of this constant consumption of online content.


With endemic poverty, high unemployment, high crime rates and the prevalence of gender-based violence, South Africans have long been a chronically stressed nation.  Over the past few years, the global pandemic, economic downturn, climate crisis and geopolitical wars have only served to highlight the need to properly recognise the impact of poor, and worsening mental health on the country.


The academic year is drawing to a close and anticipation has set in, as learners across all grades await their results. However, because of the high levels of stress many learners will be experiencing, deaths by suicide tend to spike around this time of year.


There is a great link between employee wellbeing and productivity, but many companies do not take this aspect of the workplace environment seriously enough. 


At the beginning of 2022, South Africa’s 26 public universities were owed a collective R16,5 billion. While the consequences of student debt on universities have been contemplated, very seldom does the discourse centre on the students who owe this money.

 


After two years of Covid-19 lockdown, as employees shift from remote working back to office work, the challenge for business now is not only adapting to changes in technology and new modes of working, but to guard against a second pandemic of mental illness.


A recent study undertaken by IQbusiness in September 2021 found that more than 66% of office-based employees may be suffering from excessive stress, anxiety and depression. 


Sometimes we need a mental and physical break from our busy lives for the sake of our well-being. Taking breaks helps us recharge and refocus on what is important in life.

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