A Personal Story of Living through Depression

By Thabo Monyela
MARIRONI-  A 24-year-old, Bongani Mathipa is the first youngest writer in Bolobedu South to write and publish a book under The Royal Planter Publishing, titled ” How I overcame depression”.
Mathipa hails from Marironi village under Greater Tzaneen Municipality, he becomes the second writer in Bolobedu South after Dr. Ramalepe from Relela Village.
The young author is a Bachelor of Education student at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also a Media and Marketing Manager of ANTWOORD &CO.
Talking to Tzaneen Voice, the Bolobedu born writer said the book is a composition of personal experiences on depression and external depressions that he observed along the paths of his life.
“I went through a severe depression for about 2 years and that led me to be surrounded by bad and ill-mannered friends” he outlined.
Reflecting on his moments of depression, he mentioned that depression took a toll on him and pushed him to consume alcohol beyond limits. In the process of self-rehabilitation, the youth author learned about self-sacrifice.
“The greatest tool to overcome depression is to find yourself” he highlighted.
According to Mathipa, the book titled “How I overcame Depression” is a collection of tools on how to overcome depressions and since depression varies with contexts, readers should expect various contextual approaches in addressing depression.
The depression victim said it was not difficult for him to write the book since it was a narration of what he went through and what he had observed from others. He further stated that in a process of writing his psychological liberation book,  he was under the mentorship of Christopher Ray who resides in California, in the United States of America ( USA).
“I don’t think people need motivation but need awareness and this book provides exactly that especially to the youth,” he said.
In conclusion, he said that the book is intended to impact people positively and they are responding very well to it.
The book is available at R160.00 per copy. You can order the book on Facebook: Bongani Mathipa or contact him on 0767098812.

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