Dr Cooper urges victims of depression to seek help

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined the public in extending heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of UCT Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Bongani Mayosi who passed away last Friday.

His family confirmed that he committed suicide after suffering from depression.

Mayosi was 51 and his many medical achievements in medicine included being celebrated for his achievement on the isolation of the gene responsible for causing heart attacks among young people.

The discovery has been regarded as the most important advance in South African medicine since the first human heart transplant by Doctor Chris Barnard.

He was also awarded the county’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe in 2009.

Talking more about the effects of depression, President of Pan-African Psychology Union, Dr. Saths Cooper says depression is linked with dejected and hopelessness that an individual experiences.

“One should not feel isolated and alone when confronting these kind of problems,” says Cooper.

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