March is known as Human Rights month in South Africa. Typically when we talk about Human Rights we tend to focus on violations that occurred during the Apartheid era glossing over current Human Rights infractions that need our urgent attention. It also happens to be International Women’s month and at AoS we are celebrating by highlighting women who are on the front-lines tirelessly advocating for our Human Rights. 

Some of us grew up watching the SAFTA award-winning Sade Giliberti on Yo-TV. The vivacious TV Presenter,  Actress and Media Personality currently resides in London and uses her voice and platform to advocate for Mental Health and LGBTQ+ rights amongst other local and global Human Rights issues. 

Olwethu Leshabane sits down with Sade Giliberti for a very frank and informative conversation about the South African Mental Health crisis on this #WellnessWednesday. 

As Sade told Olwethu, “We all deal with some form of mental illness at some point in our lives.” If you or any of your loved ones is dealing with a mental health issue, please do not feel isolated or ashamed to talk about it or reach out to the following organisations below. 

Some South African Organisations and Resources 

The South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG)

Contact A Counsellor: Monday to Sunday, 8 am-8 pm 

Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax Number: 011 234 8182 

Suicide Emergency Contact: 0800 567 567 

24hr Helpline: 0800 456 789

For counselling, queries please  e-mail:

Life Mental Health

(011) 219 – 9000


28 Melle Street, 10th Floor, North City House, Braamfontein, 2001

Phone: (+27 11) 715-2000

Fax: (+27 11) 715-2001


National Counselling Line: 0861 322 322

To learn more about mental health issues check out ​​