Reimagine Mental Health

An Investec Life podcast series

Katy Katopodis


One in three individuals suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. It’s time to ask ourselves if we’re doing enough to improve our mental well-being.

This Investec Life Reimagine Mental Health podcast series brings together some of the top experts and innovators in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, medicine and medical technology to unpack how we can reimagine mental health within a South African landscape. It explores current approaches to managing mental health issues, while also sharing some of the inspiring stories that are changing the way we understand wellness. The podcast is hosted by seasoned broadcast journalist Katy Katopodis.

Season two

Listen to episode 6

In this episode we meet the man behind the title, Cumesh Moodliar, the CEO of Investec Bank. We delve into the importance of cultivating a positive mental outlook to effectively navigate the emotional impact of everyday life challenges. We also look at the role that corporates plays in fostering hope during times of uncertainty.

Read more about finding hope

Listen to episode 5

In this episode, we embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of women's experiences, from triumphs to trials and everything in between. We'll hear from inspiring women who have overcome incredible odds in both their personal and professional lives.

Read more about her mind, her strength

Listen to episode 4

Investec Life examines the intricacies of mental health and explores the profound influence that financial stress has on our emotional well-being with Vangile Makwakwa and Tracey Ward.

Read more about balancing mind and money

Listen to episode 3

Investec Life brings you episode three of our Reimagine Mental Health podcast, where we delve into the inspiring stories of professional athletes; Solomzi Nqweni and Mpumelelo Mhlongo.

Read more about how individuals can overcome challenges and push beyond limits

Listen to episode 2

Investec Life brings you a candid conversation between Azania and Shamiso Mosaka on the complexities of dealing with mental health as a family.

Read more about the generation normalising mental health

Listen to episode 1

Investec Life’s Reimagine Mental Health podcast is back with an inspiring discussion on ‘mindful masculinity’ featuring comedian Jason Goliath.

Read more about mental health in men

  • Listen to episodes from season one of the Reimagine Mental Health podcast

    Ep1: Addressing the mental health fallout from the pandemic

    A conversation with specialist panellists from the medical and insurance fields, on the role life insurers in the destigmatisation of mental health in South Africa. This extends from how the industry underwrites mental health conditions and to how insurers can support a change in the perceptions surrounding mental health.

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    Ep2: Democratising access through technology

    Technology has opened new doors in mental health support and data collection, broadening access to support and enabling proactive management of mental illness. Katy Katopodis speaks to Behavidence's Dr. Janine Ellenberger, Panda's Allan Sweiden and Hannover Re's Dr. Matthew Procter.

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    Ep3: Assessing the impact of mental health on our economy

    We are joined by Dr. Sumaiyah Docrat (Global Consultant and Health Economist), Bharti Patel (National Executive Director of SA Federation for Mental Health) and Sinenhlanhla Sithomo (Head of Insurance Business at Investec Life), as we seek to understand the scale and impact of the mental health crisis on our country. The guests also identify how various industries, like the life insurance industry, can support positive change for South Africans.

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    Ep4: The relationship between mental and physical health

    In this episode of the reimagine mental health podcast series, we examine the relationship between mental and physical health. We are joined by some of the top minds in this field; Nicola Tager, Global Head of Investec Careers and Employee Experience at Investec, Dr Joseph Mwangi, MD, PhD. Medical Officer and Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health World Health Organization (WHO), Professor Lesley Robertson, a professor in the department of psychiatry at University of Witwatersrand.

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    Ep5: Managing mental health and work success as a young professional

    The increasing demands on human capital in an interconnected and hyper-competitive world are largely reflected in the expectations that have been placed on students and young professionals today. In this podcast, we unpack how new entrants into the job market are managing their mental health and work to succeed. We are joined by Sicelo Joja, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer of Investec Private Bank, Dr Tshepile Tlali, interim Chairperson of the Junior Doctors Association of South Africa and the interim vice-Chairperson of the South African Registrars Association and Chantelle Oosthuizen is the Executive Director for Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET).

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    Ep6: Balancing success and sanity in entrepreneurship

    For entrepreneurs, the heavy weight of expectation across all quarters of society is persistent. From investors, to employees, to customers, not to mention their family and wider community. They are constantly expected to have the answers. In the final episode of the first season of our Reimagine Mental Health podcast series, we will explore how entrepreneurs manage their mental health especially in the current socio-economic climate we face in South Africa.

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Katy Katopodis

Meet our host

Katy has crafted an impressive journalism career spanning over 20 years in the media industry. She is a senior editorial consultant and newsroom development strategist. Her versatile leadership style has equipped her to create cutting-edge newsrooms, with interactive and integrated broadcast, digital & social media reach.

Katy is a senior member of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef). She was recently elected to chair SANEF’s journalism wellness and safety subcommittee – which focuses on the mental wellness of reporters and editors.

As an authour, media trainer and MC, Katy’s public appearances over the years have included a TedX talk and speeches on a wide range of topics of a professional & personal nature. She is currently the Director of Newzroom Afrika and Nala Media.

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