Mandela Day 2021

By Shitshembiso Mahlathi

Mandela Day is an annual international commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, swhich is observed on July 18th each year. As the world remembers Nelson Mandela’s life, leadership, and commitment to humanity and humanitarian issues, we give thanks for his life, leadership, and dedication to humanity and humanitarian causes.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2021 will be remembered as a watershed moment for the entire world, including South Africa. The pandemic wreaked devastation and caused many things to shift and change, but it also raised awareness about mental health. In a society where one in every three people develops a psychiatric disease at some point in their lives, South Africa’s nationwide lockdown posed a major threat to public mental health. South Africa has been dubbed the rape capital of world and within the first week of the lockdown, gender-based violence rose in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Because outreaches and charity events are not possible due to the lockdown laws, and because we spend so much time online, it is critical to be proactive with the 67 minutes of Mandela Day online. Young people can utilize these minutes to make a positive difference by teaching their peers on the importance of mental health and how it is perceived, as well as gender-based violence and how it can be combated, via social media.

Using social media to engage with people outside of your typical social groups might be beneficial. Use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites to host 67-minute livestreams to raise awareness about mental health. You can also talk to strangers online to get them to open up about their mental health and then try to help them by providing them ideas on how to deal with it.

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