Local gospel star, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, has admitted that she once tried to commit suicide. Fortunately, she was saved in the nick of time and now she hopes to raise awareness and educate Mzansi.
Hlengiwe Mhlaba, an award-nominated gospel singer, came clean about how she once tried to take her own life.
She was dreaming about furthering her studies but needed a family member's signature after getting a scholarship from church.
When the family member refused, Hlengiwe tried to hang herself by her school belt, as reported on by SowetanLIVE.
"The only thing I needed was a signature on a form that confirms that I will pay back the church money. When the family member refused, it really frustrated me because I wanted to study.
"I took my school belt and tied it to the rafters and hanged myself. Luckily, I was saved in the nick of time."
Hlengiwe now wants to create more awareness about suicide and educate people about it.
"We use our own stories to motivate the public about dangers of depression. Celebrities are able to share the pain and the pressures of the industry which lead to this depression.
"There has been an increase of suicide cases of people in general and famous people. This is worrying."
The singer is part of the Ungazibulali Depression and Suicide Campaign, which is the brainchild of motivational speaker, Nkululeko Khanye.
Nkululeko has admittedly tried to end her own life twice, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The campaign's first installment was held at Rabasotho Hall in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.
Hlengiwe is also concerned about Mzansi's celebs. She feels they need to be educated on how to deal with how fickle fame can be.
"You can be a star today, tomorrow you are out of favour, and no longer making money. The biggest problem is that when you face such challenges you don't know who to talk to."
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