Gigi Lamayne opens up about living with depression to create awareness

Gigi Lamayne opens up about living with depression to create awareness

At the start of November, Gigi Lamayne's fans were shocked when she attempted to commit suicide. The brave young woman has since been healing and decided to open up and reach out to others suffering from depression.

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Gigi Lamayne admitted she's been suffering from depression for 7 years, and it hasn't been easy.

But when she tried to commit suicide, and failed, it was like life was giving her a sign, and now she's determined to help others battling the same monsters.

TimesLIVE reported that the rapper will be working with a Non-Profit-Organisation to approach South African youth who struggle with depression.

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Gigi hopes to be the supportive voice to others that she needed when she was younger. She really looks forward to working with the NPO in Durban.

I was invited down to Durban by an NPO to talk about mental health and illness. I was really excited about this exclusive workshop and the team and I decided that this should be something we could do to make a difference. The name of these talks is #GigiGangDa

She's also happy to open up about her own depression to those who will learn from her experience.

This is because for the first time, I can be in a neutral environment with people who want to know rather than to judge. It’s no secret that many South Africans are unaware of mental illnesses, i.e. depression and I feel that this therapeutic form of sharing will empower not only me but young people around me.
It’s important moreover in African homes to understand that mental illnesses do exist. I’m hoping that young people, who may suffer from this receive the assistance they need from the talks and that we become more interested and informed about mental illnesses.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Gigi and the team that will work with her will mostly work on social media platforms to reach those in need.

We as a team identify demand on social media and select accessible venues. This is still self-funded however we are open to assistance in any way. These are titled #GigiGangDay and we select people online with real stories to benefit from the workshop.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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