Stress and anxiety levels have hit the roof as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise during the third wave. And just when the nation thought things couldn’t get any worse, the country was set alight last week during the violent protests and looting sprees, adding to an overwhelming sense of doom.
Many people’s mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. One local man, who suffered from anxiety related to COVID-19, aims to set a world record running to raise money for a mental health charity.
The Free State Department of Health held a campaign in Warden to highlight mental health issues and the challenges of substance abuse. Community members attending the event shared their struggles.
Phuthanang Mental Health Institution fulfils an important role in the Botshabelo community, and recently received a Covid-19 protection boost via the Positive Action Campaign and the National Association of People Living HIV/AIDS.
The alleged Dros rapist’s defence lawyer is trying to blame his client’s behaviour on a bipolar diagnosis. But while many people associate mental illness with violence those who are mentally ill are much more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators, reports HEALTH-E’s Amy Green.
Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as “tragic”.
In 2017, a survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) revealed that just one in six employees with mental illness said they felt comfortable disclosing their condition to their manager.