Beyond the KZN looting and riots - a GOOD news story

Beyond the KZN looting and riots - a GOOD news story

Two months after the violence and looting that rocked KwaZulu-Natal, KindnessCan podcast hosts Jane Linley-Thomas and psychologist Paul Bushell catch up with one very special community member who's been instrumental in restoring peace - and hope.

Looting and fire

Upper Highway resident, Nick Nzama has become a beacon of light for his community.

Growing up in the Embo Village, he received a scholarship to Kearsney College. Little did he know then, but he began fostering a deeper understanding of the different parts and groups that made up his greater community.

This would allow him to become a bridge during the recent violence, where he was able to get different groups to sit around the table and find ways out of the growing tension and violence.

Get a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes fears, negotiating and unsung heroes. Click the 'play' button below to listen to the latest KindnessCan podcast.

Meanwhile in a previous KindnessCan podcast, psychologist Paul Bushell and Jane Linley-Thomas talked to Durban-based journalist, Glynis Horning, whose son Spencer, committed suicide two years ago.

Glynis and her husband Chris woke up one morning to the devastating discovery of their 25-year old son, Spencer, dead in his bed.

Two years later, Glynis has released her personal account of loss and grief in her book, 'Waterboy' - published ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.

“If this book can help one person avoid suicide, or bring new understanding to those who have lost someone, it will have achieved its goal,” Glynis tells Paul and Jane.

In this podcast, Glynis talks through the devastation and agony of losing a child to a suicide.

Through her own personal experience and research as a mental health journalist, she offers insights into mental health and suicide prevention.

This podcast will touch anyone who has directly or indirectly experienced this ultimate heartbreak. Glynis' wisdom and insights are moving and extraordinary.

Waterboy by Glynis Horning

If you, or someone you love, is suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts, please contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group here.

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