Janine Shamos

Reach for a dream
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

About Janine

Bio

A PROVOCATEUR
I have been working in the field of mental health for almost 18 years. Through my articles and press releases, presentations and workshops (both locally and internationally), I try to create awareness about the issues of mental health and get people excited about self-awareness and connection to others and the world. Self-awareness, resilience, and re-uniting with ourselves is not only fun, but vital if we’re going to be happy in this weird, crazy world of ours! I believe that the most important factor in your success is you. You are essential to your happiness and quality of life. Being aware of who you are is vital if you want to reach your potential and be truly happy and content. The most exciting adventure you will ever take is the journey to yourself. As you begin to discover your true passions, talents, your voice, so you can better understand others, make the choices that are right for you, and make happiness yours. Self-Awareness, and Resilience are key in the development of other capabilities and the growth towards the ‘best’ you that you can be.
I am passionate about communication and believe that cutting through jargon and getting to the heart of the issue is a critical skill for people and companies to communicate effectively. Apart from my editing work, I also train people to communicate effectively in the workplace and with others on an interpersonal level, both in writing and verbally and non-verbally. I design and facilitate workshops to impart the skills people need to work out what they want to say or need to say, and coach them to communicate effectively. 2011/2012 Winner of the Pfizer Journalism Award for Mental Health
Presenter at the World Federation for Mental Health Congress (Cape Town 2011)
Presenter at the Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Suicide in Prague (2011)
Presenter at the Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Bullying in Prague (2011)
Presenter at the SAPA Conference on Education in Cape Town (2009)
Regular guest on SABC 3Talk, Talk Radio 702, SAFM, ETV News, 3rd Degree Regular contributor to the Mail & Guardian, The Star, Women & Home, African Journal of Psychiatry, The Beeld

Areas of Expertise

mental health, Resilience, education, Trauma

An idea worth spreading

I am passionate about developing resilience and giving people the opportunity to learn about themselves. I have learnt resilience in my life through the experiences I have been through and I have learnt my own triggers and pitfalls, strengths and passions.

I'm passionate about

I adore cats, shoes, books, antiques, and tea - and my car. My inspiration is Viktor E. Frankl, Dr Seuss and RuPaul, and two wonderful men – newspaperseller David and gardener Brave.

Universities

UNISA, Wits

Talk to me about

Education, trauma, mental health, resilience, human rights for all

People don't know I'm good at

Experimental baking!

My TED story

I am passionate about rights, education, and power for the underdog. I am inspired by people from all walks of life and enjoy making connections and learning new ways to approach old issues. I am a powerful speaker but I also need powerful people and ideas to motivate me.

Comments & conversations

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Janine Shamos
Posted almost 2 years ago
Gary Slutkin: Let's treat violence like a contagious disease
Thank you Gary Slutkin - this has inspired me to keep working and searching. As a South African, working in very disadvantaged areas, with disenfranchised people, I too sometimes feel emotionally hallow - but have to believe there is hope. And this idea of violence as contagious disease is something I see daily. Thank you
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
Are we educating or hindering?
I have always believed that teachers have the incredible power to hold us in their hands and either open up their lingers and let us fly or crumple their hands into fists and make sure we are never allowed to even walk. Indeed, given the majority of teacher I have had over the years, it is certainly a blessing that children can learn in spite of their teachers. But I long for a world of passionate men and women so kids don't have to.
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
Do you think shopping at charity shops is an 'ethical' consumption? Why/ why not?
Hi Miriam. Not sure if you are looking for some worldwide comments but.... First, Thanks to your one respondent (I live in Africa:) But seriously, I think many people contribute to charity shops and buy from them because we can't all afford to give money to our charity of choice - I have many that I support with time, donations and expertise. But as someone who is often financially strapped, buying from a charity shop is cheaper, in SA you can find amazing little gems and personal items that aren't going to be seen or worn by everyone, while at the same time, you know that your cash is going to a worthy cause.
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Lots of insight, wisdom and advise here so I'll add my 2c worth ... I wanted to a a ballerina-assassin.... Really.... I've (sort of) changed my mind - and now try help others'find their callings and laughter on www.liveyourlife.co.za
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
Are we educating or hindering?
Thank you all for your sage and guiding questions and feedback. Education always will be an area that I am passionate about - and one that I want to change! So watch this space, maybe one day soon, I'll be able to post some wonderful success stories.
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
Are we educating or hindering?
No choice. I'd want them to learn HOW to think - over everything learning how to critically think, HOW (and then letting them do ir because we can talk about and teach it but we need to help students actually do it all the time)
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
Neil Pasricha: What do you do to make your life awesome?
I choose that it will be so. Happiness, is a choice. I hug my cat as often as I can. I talk to people who inspire me and walk away from those who don't. I hang out with hawkers and street vendors - they know so much! I don't read the newspaper of watch the news. I love the little things - the flowers and the birds and the laughter of children. And I am a cynical sow but I do realy love it
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Janine Shamos
Posted about 2 years ago
What is happiness?
A good question - and you'll probably have as many answers and people answering. Personally, happiness is a long-term state - it is more than fleeting 'yay' or excitement about a specific somethings, it is an overall contentment that you like who you are, where you are, what you do, and who you're with. Sure there are up days and down ones, but for me, happiness is a choice to see the good, to do good. My ultimate happiness is when I hug my 13kg cat!