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The stark reality of SA’s mental health crisis

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Mental disorders are a leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide, affecting 30.3% of South African adults at some point in their lives.
Mental disorders are a leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide, affecting 30.3% of South African adults at some point in their lives.

While one in every three South Africans suffers from a mental illness, only one in 10 people has access to a healthcare professional.

That is the stark reality outlined by Sadag (the South African Depression and Anxiety Group) during a webinar to promote World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10 every year.

Psychiatrist and chairperson of the SA Mental Health Alliance Dr Mvuyiso Ta­latala said that less than five percent of the national budget is spent on mental healthcare, with most of the money going to in-patient hospital care.

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