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Dr Samke J Ngcobo is a Medical Doctor who is living with Bipolar Disorder Type 1 since the tender age of 14 years old.


She is a passionate mental health advocate who believes that the best advocate about mental illness is the individual who is living with it and experiencing it firsthand.


Samke is the author of a book called ‘Reflections of a Convoluted Mind- A Journey With My Mental Illness’ which has garnered an overwhelming positive response from people who are living with mental illness, those who support them and individuals who seek to understand people who live with mental illnesses


An experienced keynote speaker who seeks to inspire, motivate by engaging about wellbeing and mental health.


She is passionate about philanthropy and is the founder of Sisters For Mental Health which is an initiative that is focused on creating a safe space to engage about mental health struggles and to collaborate with other organisations which advocate for mental health.


Doctor | Author | Keynote Speaker | Mental Health Advocate | Founder and Chief Executive of Vocal Mentality


Dr Samke Ngcobo | Mental Health and Wellness Speaker



  • A qualified medical doctor who has extensive years of work experience in the clinical field
  • She has 5 years of work experience of working in mental healthcare services in the department of psychiatry
  • Extensive work experience in working with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals namely psychologists, occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers and nursing staff. This level of engagement has enabled me to gain full context of a patients’ lived experiences and has broadened my understanding of an integrated approach towards wellness




Dr Samke is the author of a book called Reflections Of A Convoluted Mind: A journey with my mental illness. It was inspired by my desire to create an awareness and understanding about the life of someone who is living with a mental illness. I felt that I could share valuable insights as someone who lives with a mental illness and as a doctor to individuals like myself. The intention is to humanise this journey through sharing my thoughts and reflections related to it.




  • An experienced public speaker who has won numerous awards
  • A member of Toastmasters International and have garnered awards in the public speaking and evaluation contests



  • Passionate about engaging with the corporate sector about mental health through my company called Vocal Mentality (Pty) Ltd that is focused on psycho-education, breaking stigma and empowering the audience which I engage with regarding mental illness and mental health.
  • She has presented psycho-educational talks for various organisations such as Standard Chartered Bank, Avis, Rand Merchant Bank and Coca-Cola, Anglo-American to name a few.
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