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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.

Documentary Premiere: Dignity Denied (follow-up)

October 11, 2016
Mental Health  

In mid-September it emerged that 36 former Life Esidimeni psychiatric patients have died. These deaths come after the private health care provider’s contract was terminated, resulting in patients being moved to community NGOs in and around Gauteng. In early October another death was confirmed, bringing the death toll to 37.

Dead psychiatric patient was ‘well’ before being moved

September 16, 2016
Disability   Mental Health   News   Nursing   Nutrition   Social Services  

The brother of a deceased mentally-ill patient says he was healthy before being moved from a Life Esidimeni facility.

Documentary Premiere: Dignity Denied

August 16, 2016
Mental Health   Video  

When the Gauteng Department of Health terminated its contract with private health service provider, Life Esidimeni, hundreds of mentally ill patients were placed in the care of people ill-equipped to look after them.

If you are sane, you need to read this

July 11, 2016
Mental Health  

I don’t trust my psychiatrist. She is a lovely woman, expedient and efficient at her job, and she is the only one of the many specialists that I have consulted who has successfully prescribed medication that does its job.

Mass move of Gauteng’s mentally ill

June 27, 2016
Mental Health  

Deinstitutionalisation. It sounds good: taking mentally ill people out of psychiatric institutions and putting them into community homes or back with their families. But the outcome is seldom positive, as Gauteng patients have discovered.