October is Mental Health Month, but the topic is often neglected and not taken seriously enough by South Africans.

We explore ways self-care can support your mental health.

Find out how collective and intergenerational trauma is affecting many South Africans. We speak to a father and son, Njabulo and Mafika Jeremiah Mkize as well as clinical psychologist Nomfundo Mogapi, who is the executive director of the Centre of the study of Violence and Reconciliation.

We also discuss the stigma around mental illness with Cassey Chambers from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

The songs Dark Fog, Industrial Music Box and Tranquility are from Kevin MacLeod from Incompetech.com.

The Science Inside is presented by Elna Sch├╝tz and DJ Keyez. Our production team is Gabriel Chemhuru with technical production by Kutlwano Serame. Original concept by Paul McNally.

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