In some corners of South Africa, those living with mental disorders are still tied to trees and denied food by the very people meant to protect them – their families. As mental illness remains shrouded in stigma, real questions remain about where South Africa is in the fight for better mental health
In this British Journal of Psychiatry supplement, the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) outlines district mental health care plans from five low- and middle-income countries.
Elizabeth Mahlangu is living with HIV. When her Daveyton clinic runs out of her antidepressant, it can cost her R110 to refill her prescription at a private pharmacy. All too often, those like Mahlangu suffer in silence, says the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).
Written by a coalition of civil society organisations and health care providers, the 43-page report details how access to mental health services in rural areas remains limited by the over-centralisation of services, budget and staff shortages, and discrimination.
Mpho Lekgheto’s brush with suicide changed her life. On the heels of the recent World Suicide Prevention Day, Lekgheto shares her story of hope and how she found the strength to not only cope but to devote her life to mental health.
About 20 percent of South Africans live on less than R350 per month and this kind of poverty could be having real impacts not only on people’s physical health but also their mental well being.
A 26-year-old North West man recently killed himself after being diagnosed with HIV, leaving his family and two-year-old child in shock. A local counsellor says the death underscores the need for better counselling.
With only eight government-run old age homes nationwide, unregulated facilities may be preying on the elderly alongside loan sharks and even pensioners’ own families, according to a new South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report.