October is Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa

SPONSORED CONTENT SPONSORED CONTENT
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...

The aim of this awareness campaign is twofold: to educate people about mental health and to reduce the stigma and discrimination people with mental health issues often experience. 


The South African Depression and Anxiety Group estimates that as many as one in five people will, or does suffer from a mental illness in their lives.  Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and job stress are common, and have a huge effect on the wider community.  


Even though many mental health problems can be treated at clinics and hospitals, very few South Africans with mental health problems  get the help they need. The Mental Health Care Act. Act 17 of 2002 states that mental health services should be provided as part of primary, secondary and tertiary health services.  In practice, this clearly does not always happen.

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
27% - 9952 votes
No
73% - 26301 votes
Vote