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New mental health book aims to empower youth

Updated: Feb 9, 2021


S-MHA Mental Health
The author says he wanted to help individuals understand mental health better as many people are experiencing what he went through. PHOTO: ImageCollab

Arching Eyebrow, a book about the mentally damaging experiences of S-MHA, a 28 year old African author from Motherwell in the Eastern Cape, which explores his transformation growing up and journey of self-development as he searches for a meaningful life, was launched in August. The book shares how S-MHA’s life has been affected by distorted mentalities and a dysfunctional family, as well as the confusion he experiences being brought up without a mother in this situation.

“I wanted to help individuals understand mental health better as many people are experiencing what I went through and I wanted break the stigma, normalizing conversation around this issue to improve South Africa’s mental health, while empowering mental health communities. I share experiences of my childhood, mentally damaging situations I came across and how they can take over an individual’s mind making them lose control of their ways, not knowing this pattern is setting them up for future failure,” says the author.

S-MHA says there is an African proverb that says ‘Kungaf 'intaka enkulu, amaqanda ayabola’ which translates to ‘Should the big bird die, the eggs rot’ which has stuck in his head since his mother died when he was 11 years old. He says he has been living an unstable life ever since as