Actress Vuyelwa Booi opens up about fighting depression

2015-07-10 09:00


Vuyelwa Booi (Instagram)

Johannesburg- TV personality Vuyelwa Booi wants to inspire teenagers to move past the traumatic experiences they've faced in life. 

Vuyelwa, who is the host of SABC2's reality series called Dream School, wants to motivate teenagers to believe that they can still build a career despite dropping out of school for whatever reason. 

The show focuses on 15 teenagers who have had to drop out of school, to believe in their futures through workshops by various celebrities. 

Some of the challenges faced by the teenagers in the group include rape, HIV/Aids, poverty and bullying. 

"The aim of the show is to inspire the teenagers to get excited about their careers, despite their circumstances, and give them the tools they need to help them finish school," Vuyelwa told The Citizen

The TV personality also opened up about suffering from depression when she was a teenager, explaining how at the time, she wished she had someone other than her family to talk to. 

"Even though my family was there for me, I wished I had to someone to talk to. Someone who tried to understand. I feel like parents don't talk to their children enough. Parenting isn't just about providing a roof over a child's head and clothing them," she told the paper. 

Vuyelwa added that she hopes that Dream School will not only help motivate the children on the show, but also help parents and teenagers watching develop more open relationships. 

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