Reimagine Mental Health

An Investec Life podcast series

Mental health


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 wellbeing. This Investec Life content 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.

Listen to the Reimagine Mental Health podcast series

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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