Gigi Lamayne is on a mission to create awareness about mental health

Gigi Lamayne is on a mission to create awareness about mental health

- Gigi Lamayne wants the black community to talk more about mental health

- She feels that if people know that they can change their situation, they will be better able to deal with things like depression

- The rapper has been through depression herself but is doing well now

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Local rapper, Gigi Lamayne, is all for creating awareness about mental health problems. She knows how real the problems are and how they can affect a person's life.

She also feels that knowing how much power you have to change your situation is a good way of dealing with depression - a more common health issue than people realise.

Gigi recently joined other community members and artists for a mental health awareness fun walk at Tara Hospital in Joburg, a specialised psychiatric facility for adults and children suffering from serious mental conditions.

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According to TimesLIVE, Gigi said that depression is something that she thinks everyone goes through to some degree and that talking through the experience is the best way to deal with it.

"I think it's something that we are all going through, so avoiding it will not make it better. That's why I feel we need to speak about it and not make it feel like a foreign thing we don't go through."

She feels it is especially important to create awareness in the black community of SA.

The rapper said this was especially important in the black community.

"I do believe talking more about depression will help. The more we open these dialogues, the more we have people come out and talk about it, the more we can make it normal.
"We need to be able to stand up and be loud about mental health issues."

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"I think I am at a point where I can say I have survived a lot. I am at peace with my life and I have a very closed circle with my close family and close friends.
"I guess I have a good support system. My mother and I are like best friends and she has been holding my hand through all this. So the best way to get through this is to have a great support system."

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