His death has caused many South Africans on Twitter to reflect on depression among black people, especially black men.
Below are some tweets from South Africans responding to Mayosi’s death and reflecting on depression, from how it can affect even those who are successful, to how seriously black people must treat mental illness.
So having an excelling career means you cant be depressed? Why do people limit depression to careers? Do you know what people go through when they have to go to sleep & immediately after waking up? An excelling career doesnt equate to a happy life. Get this through your skull.
— Tshepo Mashego (@TshepoTsala) July 29, 2018
Depression is deep. I know a few people who have committed suicide this year. All men. We need to find a way not to stigmatize depression. This way, it will be a bit easier for people to seek help. I went to a talk on mental health yesterday. 90% of the audience was women.
— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) July 29, 2018
Over the weekend, learning about Prof Mayosi’s suicide, made me realise how real this thing actually is. Coming from a family of colour, it’s harder because mental illness is taboo! Let’s realise that Depression isn’t an attention seeking tool. It’s real! Speak out! As for help!
— Miss Heslop (@LuvLee_H) July 30, 2018
UCT cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi took his own life. He struggled with depression for over 2 years. Guys depression is real, its doesn't discriminate. Its mainly common among 'high performing' individuals. Depression is real and it kills ? #RIPMayosi pic.twitter.com/kcEV2s1SA3
— Kgoshi Ya Lebowa (@Marcellomj) July 30, 2018
One of the reasons why we don’t talk about our depression is because people make it about them. And it’s tiring living with depression and having to nurse others’ feelings about it
— Firebrand (@simphiwedana) July 29, 2018
According to the The Star today being called a coconut during #FeesMustFall added to Prof Bongani Mayosi’s struggle with depression. Do we need to rethink what we call people especially those in the public eye because we think they are “fair” game? #702Breakfast
— Bongani Bingwa – Broadcast Journalist (@bonglez) July 30, 2018
ICYMI: Vice Chancellor at UCT, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng says the death of the Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Bongani Mayosi presents an opportunity for the institution to reflect on many staffers who suffer with depression and other difficulties https://t.co/X4KOmGnI5S pic.twitter.com/4TOMZxWzKS
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) July 30, 2018
This Prof Mayosi thing is shaking me up. He’d ticked all the boxes that supposedly give you joy. At the height of his career. His father was a doctor, his wife is a dermatologist, his daughter is an occupational therapist. Black excellence three generations deep.
— Musa (@dlakza) July 29, 2018
Our Stokvel WhatsApp group (mainly academics) is discussing depression after the shock of Prof Mayosi's passing. Gilrs are opening up and sharing their experiences. ?
— Marcia Lebambo (@marcialebambo) July 29, 2018
Depression is real fam. Please talk about it, if you can. Reading on SAfam twitter feed that family of UCT Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Bongani Mayosi says “he ended his own life”. Had been suffering from depression for the past two years. I am gutted
— Sure Kamhunga (@sure_kamhunga) July 28, 2018
Professor Bongani Mayosi committed suicide ? Depression is really killing us. Even with all the achievements and all the money he had it was not enough and I’m broke and Depressed thinking money will solve my problems ?. May his soul Rest In Peace you are at peace now Prof ❤️
— Mukololo Khan (@NaVhugala) July 28, 2018