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INSTALMENT 5: Mental health and technological factors

21 Oct 2020

Technological factors impacting on mental health in the South African context is discussed in terms of two dimensions here: 1. Information systems: South Africa uses the District Health Information System [DHIS] to analyse and report on progress related to health indicators for the purpose of decentralised planning, decision- making and health service management. Data is...

INSTALMENT 4: Mental health and social factors

20 Oct 2020

South Africa has a population of 55.7 million people, and it is at present struggling with a very high burden of mental health conditions in the country. Approximately 30% of the South African population will experience a common mental health disorder in their lifetime. These disorders contribute significantly to disability in the country, with depressive...

BRINGING HOPE IN SIGHT

14 Oct 2020

The world at large is commemorating eye care month which commenced on 20th September 2020 to 17 October 2020. The main purpose of this commemoration is to raise awareness about the impotence on eye health considering the prevention of blindness and treatment of avoidable causes of Blindness following its symptoms and condition of the eye....

INSTALMENT 3: Mental health and economic factors

14 Oct 2020

Economic factors related to mental health in the South African context are here discussed in terms of two domains, namely 1) healthcare spending and 2) mental health care. 1. Healthcare spending South Africa’s total health expenditure comprises 8.8% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with national spending only accounting for 40% of the total amount....

SOUTH AFRICANS’ STRESS LEVELS HAVE SHOT UP BY 56% SINCE START OF PANDEMIC ACCORDING TO SURVEY

12 Oct 2020

A national survey conducted by a leading pharmaceutical firm and advocate for mental wellness has revealed a significant increase in psychological and emotional stress among South Africans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results have been made public in October, which is recognised as Mental Health Awareness Month to address the mental health...

INSTALMENT 2: Mental health and political factors

12 Oct 2020

Political factors related to mental health in the South African context are here discussed in terms of two domains, namely 1) the institutional framework and 2) the health system. 1. Institutional framework South Africa currently has a 2013-2020 Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Action Plan, the country’s first ever official mental health policy. The...

INSTALMENT 1: INVESTING IN MENTAL HEALTH IS NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!

6 Oct 2020

For the past 100 years, the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) has been advocating for and promoting, protecting and upholding the human rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. The organisation is the largest mental health federation in the country, and acts as a resource centre equipped with the latest information on...

Persons with albinism are human, too!

6 Oct 2020

By Samantha Malebana  A 31-year-old actress and motivational speaker has taken it upon herself to film an albinism awareness documentary, that addresses the misconceptions and myths people have about people with albinism. In the documentary titled Born Survivor, Regina-Mary Ndlovu from Ennerdale, Gauteng, is filmed going from house to house in the Ekurhuleni township of...

VUT boasts first graduate with visual impairment

1 Oct 2020

By Simukele Ngema History will be made during this year’s spring graduation ceremonies when Thabo Lenyora, a 31-year-old student, will be getting his academic qualification as the first ever graduate with visual impairment at the Vaal University of Technology(VUT), Vanderbijlpark. Lenyora, who is from Ventersburg, Free State, will receive a national diploma in policing. He...

MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL: GREATER INVESTMENT-GREATER ACCESS

30 Sep 2020

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a global event that is celebrated annually on the 10th October with the aim of reflecting on existing mental health challenges, on gaps in policies, onidentifying priorities in a collaborative effort, and by unifying voices as catalysts for change. It is the only annual event of its kind dedicated...

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