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CCDU: Why there is a high suicide rate amongst men

#The Main Switch presenter Kgomotso Monyai, along with YFM DJ flax, have a conversation about men tackling suicidality , breaking the stigma around men’s mental health.

The CCDU explains that the reason behind more men falling victim to suicide is because men use more lethal means.

We also learn that men are more aggressive and more prone to substance abuse.

The high suicide rate amongst men in SA is also due to the financial strain that men in households have to deal with.

CCDU: " Most suicides happen between ages 15- 29"

PLUGGED IN hosts, Kgomotso and Mpumi speaks to CCDU ( Counselling Careers and Development Unit) Psycologist, Lean April on Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day.

She explains that most suicides occurs between ages 15 to 29, which is the student population and that this places students in South- Africa at risk with the complications that Covid- 19 brings.

Lean gives advice on how to treat suicidal peers or loved ones, by saying that we need to listen with compassion and empathy when that person shares with us.

Mental Wellness is not a Weakness

CCDU Therapist, Vanessa Trindade, talks to The Main Switch Breakfast host, Kgomotso Monyai, about mental wellness and mental health.

Vanessa shares educational points on what mental wellness is, saying that it is not always something that is negative on your mind, instead- it is how you think, feel and how you behave.

She adds that mental wellness is not shameful and is not a weakness, as everyone has to deal with it.


Career Educator and Social Worker, Vuyelwa Chili, talks to The Main Switch Breakfast Host, Kgomotso Monyai, about resilience, and shares information around the importance of being resilient within the workplace and in our everyday lives.

Managing Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships is a very important aspect in our lives, especially during these testing times where we have a pandemic at hand.
Managing the relationships we hold so dear is just as important. Plugged In therefore, talks to Vuyelwa Phellows about how to manage healthy relationships.

Preparing For The Working Environment

Talking 'graduateness' with Raj Naran, a Career Counselor and Team Leader for Career Development Services. We unpack how to be more than someone with a degree after university, how one can be more innovative, prepare for job hunting and the world of work in general. Interpersonal skills,digital skills and social skills is also discussed as necessary tools for students and graduates.

Volunteerism and Mandela Day

Vinoba Krishna, HIV Programme Coordinator/Advocacy Team Leader from CCDU, talks to host of The Mainswitch, Kgomotso Monyai, about volunteering in the spirit of this iconic figure that has contributed so greatly to the landscape and the people of South Africa. And in the spirit of nation and community building, we have always endorsed the Mandela Day initiative. Whether around education, human rights or matters relating to poverty alleviation – we believe that taking ownership and being responsible for ourselves and others is an important attribute to have.

How to Manage Stress During Exams

Career educator and social worker at CCDU, Lindelwe Cili, joins Kgomotso Monyai, host of The Mainswitch, to explore different ways of managing stress during exams and how to channel the stress in order to achieve great exam results.

How to Prepare Adequately for Exams

Exam period can be stressful. In this week's episode we look at how to prepare adequately and absorb the stressors effectively. The Main Switch anchor speaks to Vinoba Krishna who is the HIV Programme Coordinator/Advocacy Team Leader at Counselling and Careers Development Unit at Wits University.

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