M4M mental health resources

Our mental health messages are designed for South African mothers. They may be helpful for care-providers, family members and health workers in contact with mothers at this time.

We will add to this site over time, as we develop materials and get these translated into different languages.

Please see our different formats for messaging below.

Please feel free to share these widely and to adapt for your setting. Please let us know of any content gaps that we can try to address.

We have developed for mothers, brief messages on key mental health areas. This was done in consultation with a psychologist and psychiatrist working in the public health sector in South Africa. These brief messages can be sent as WhatsApp messages.

The mini-articles in the next tab are a fuller version of these brief messages.

This pamphlet offers you some information on mental health, which you can print and fold.

Talk about it with your family, friends and healthcare workers – what do you think?

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English | isiXhosa

This pamphlet offers you some information on mental health, which is easy to print and doesn’t need folding.

Talk about it with your family, friends and healthcare workers – what do you think?

Click on your preferred language to download PDF in
English | isiXhosa

7 ways to manage depression, anxiety or addictions during COVID-19

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English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa | isiZulu

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Managing family violence
during COVID-19

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English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa | isiZulu

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6 Tips for managing stress as a mother
during COVID-19

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English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa | isiZulu

 

 

How do you know if you are worrying too much?

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How do you know if you are depressed?

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How should I deal with suicidal thoughts during COVID-19

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English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa | isiZulu | isiSotho

How do you I deal with the changes in how services work?

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Follow this link to download all mental health graphics.

We have developed brief articles on key mental health areas for mothers. This was done in consultation with a psychologist and psychiatrist working in the public health sector in South Africa. The brief messages are a summary of these articles.

 

Managing depression, anxiety or addictions during COVID-19

 

 

 

Click on your preferred language to read or download PDF in
English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa

 

 

 

 

 

Managing family violence during COVID-19

 

 

 

Click on your preferred language to read or download PDF in
English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa | isiZulu

 

 

 

 

 

Managing stress as a mother during COVID-19

 

 

 

Click on your preferred language to read or download PDF in
English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa

 

 

 

 

How should I deal with suicidal thoughts during COVID-19

 

 

 

Click on your preferred language to read or download PDF in
English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa | isiZulu | isiSotho

 

 

 

 

We have recorded podcasts from the mini-articles. These have been condensed for size and uploaded on SoundCloud so they can easily be shared on different platforms. Please click on the image below for your language.

Mothers in South Africa have questions and Messages for Mothers (M4M) will try to fill this gap by providing answers and support for their unique needs. 

In this M4M series, we provide mental health content that is credible, sensitive, relevant and packaged in a way that makes it accessible to mothers all over South Africa.

Moeders van Suid-Afrika het vrae en boodskappe vir moeders (M4M) sal probeer om hierdie leemte te vul deur antwoorde en ondersteuning te bied vir hul unieke behoeftes. In hierdie M4M-reeks bied ons geestesgesondheidsinhoud wat geloofwaardig, sensitief, relevant en verpak is op ‘n manier wat dit toeganklik maak vir moeders regoor Suid-Afrika.

Abomama baseNingizimu Afrika banemibuzo eminingi kulesi sikhathi. Thina e-Messages For Mothers sizama ukunikeza impendulo nokuseka yokukhuthaza abomama kulesi sikhathi.

Lemilayezo ye-M4M inikeza ulwazi yempilo yenqondo eqinisile, ebalulekile, enikeza usizo ngokwengqikithi. Futhi lolwazi utholakala kalula kubomama kuyo yonke iNingizimu Afrika.

Mothers in South Africa have questions and Messages for Mothers (M4M) will try to fill this gap by providing answers and support for their unique needs. 

In this M4M series, we provide mental health content that is credible, sensitive, relevant and packaged in a way that makes it accessible to mothers all over South Africa.

 

“It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family.”

Click on the infographic to get more helpful tips from the World Health Organization (WHO)

 

 

 

 

 

Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc.

This WHO infographic helps you to respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way.

 

 

 

 

If you are a South African and your home language does not yet appear here, we’d love for you to volunteer to assist us in translating content and recording podcasts. Please fill out this google form.