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Learn from Esidimeni: Invest in community mental health

September 11, 2017
Mental Health  

Community-based mental health organisations are cash-strapped, and face ongoing threats from government that their subsidies will be cut. But the Esidimeni tragedy shows that more money should be invested in these facilities to protect patients from being discharged into hostile communities before they are ready.

Psychiatric patients at Joburg Hospital can’t wash

July 3, 2017
Mental Health   News   OurHealth  

Patients at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) psychiatric ward cannot bath or shower because the water leaks into other wards.

Mahlangu denies culpability but many want blood

February 3, 2017
Mental Health   News  

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu denies culpability for the deaths of almost 100 mentally ill patients in Gauteng, but some believe she should be held criminally liable.

Esidimeni: This must NEVER happen again

February 2, 2017
Mental Health  

The deaths of 94 mentally ill patients transferred from Esidimeni centre is the biggest recorded mental health scandal in the history of South Africa.

Disabled man denied education and healthcare

January 26, 2017
Disability   Mental Health   News   OurHealth  

The Limpopo Department of Social Development is set to intervene and help a 25-year-old mentally and physically disabled man who has been denied his education and health care.

HIV won’t take away my smile

Accepting a positive HIV status can be difficult: One Free State woman shares her journey.

Dead patients’ families want answers

October 18, 2016
Mental Health  

The Gauteng Health Department ignored dire warnings not to “de-institutionalise” over 1000 psychiatric patients from secure care facilities run by Life Esidimeni. Now 37 patients have died in a few months – and families want answers.