HEALTH AND WELFARE

Cape Town International Kite Festival to support mental health

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The 25th edition of the Cape Town International Kite Festival, takes flight in Muizenberg on 26 & 27 October, in support of Cape Mental Health.

The annual event will be hosting kiters from seven countries – Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and South Africa – coming to fly their kite creations and promote mental wellness.

Event host and beneficiary, non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health, has been using kites to generate funds and raise awareness of mental wellness since 1994. The annual kite festival is the highlight of the annual October Mental Health Month campaign, which this year focuses on suicide awareness and prevention.

“With self-harm and suicide rates on the rise, we want to share a message of hope and encouragement,” said Dr Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “Just as kiters use a line to keep hold of their kites, hope can be the line to life. Sometimes you may find hope inside yourself; at other times it may need to come from a friend, a loved one or a professional. The important thing is to hold on and not let go.”

Cape Mental Health provides free mental health services to children and adults, reaching more than 21 000 people each year through 22 programmes and projects. To show your support, go fly a kite at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, make a donation, volunteer or simply share how you will #LetHopeFly on social media.

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