Get ready for a groundbreaking transformation in the realm of mental health as Panda Health proudly welcomes aboard the esteemed clinical psychologist, Zamo Mbele. This exciting addition to our team marks a turning point in our mission to provide accessible, top-notch mental health services to individuals worldwide. With Mbele's unparalleled experience and unwavering dedication, Panda Health is poised to make a lasting impact on the way we approach mental well-being.
Zamo Mbele's decision to join Panda stems from his desire to expand his impact beyond individuals and institutions he has worked with in the past. In an interview, he expressed his excitement about reaching a broader online community that may have limited access to critical mental health services. While acknowledging the strides made in mental health care in South Africa, Mbele emphasizes that there is still much work to be done.
Inadequate resources and a lack of appreciation for the detrimental effects of a fractured mental health system contribute to stigma, limited access to care, and social decay. By joining Panda, Mbele sees an opportunity to enhance the platform's product quality by incorporating clinical scientific validity, reliable processes, and positive outcomes.
As the chief clinical officer at Panda, Zamo Mbele aims to implement a deep, insights-driven strategy that specifically caters to the core demographics affected by various mental health conditions. With his extensive experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Mbele understands the importance of focusing on mental wellness rather than solely addressing mental illness.
He envisions Panda as the best solution to the global mental health crisis, emphasizing that the conversations surrounding mental health should be trustworthy, informative, and helpful for those seeking support. By promoting wellness and providing high-quality informative conversations through the platform's Forest, Mbele believes Panda Health can lead the way in creating material results for individuals and driving a global movement towards mental health awareness.
Zamo Mbele brings a wealth of experience to his role at Panda. As a registered clinical psychologist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, he has worked as a senior psychotherapist and supervisor at prominent mental health institutions. With over a decade of experience in South Africa's public mental health space, Mbele has been involved as a clinician and expert advisor to governance structures and policy-making.
His contributions to the field extend beyond his clinical practice. Mbele has presented and published internationally and locally and has been a trusted source of expert opinions through collaborations with the media. He currently holds the position of vice-chairperson at the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and serves as a director of the Ububele Education Trust.
Alon Lits, co-founder and co-CEO of Panda, recognizes the unique value that Zamo Mbele brings to the team. With his diverse experience as an organizational mental health advisor and his expertise in the public and private sectors, Mbele is perfectly positioned to deliver digital mental health services that target at-risk populations, including young adults and teenagers.
Lits acknowledges that app-based services present unique challenges but also offer enormous growth potential and the ability to positively impact individuals and the country as a whole. With Mbele's focused experience and passion, Panda is poised to lead the conversation on mental health and make a tangible difference in people's lives.
The addition of Zamo Mbele to the Panda team marks an exciting milestone for the organisation. His extensive experience, expertise, and commitment to making mental health more accessible and promoting wellness align perfectly. We look forward to working with him and making an even bigger impact in our communities.
Posted by Khwezi Mabunda