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Esidimeni: families each to get R1,2-million

March 20, 2018
News  

Following a litany of lies, “murderous” decisions, agonising deaths and torturous transfers, an amount of R1.2-million will now be paid to each of the families affected by the Gauteng Department of Health’s decision to move mentally ill patients out of Life Esidimeni facilities.

Coping with bipolar in a rural community

January 8, 2018
News  

People living with mental health disorders generally struggle to find the correct help and treatment – particularly those living in rural areas.

Life Esidimeni: A snapshot of the tragedy

December 14, 2017
News  

Here, Health-e has only profiled 10 former Life Esidimeni (LE) patients, and the circumstances around their deaths, but it provides a glimpse into the dignity denied to both mental health care users and their families before, during and after the fatal move.

Esidimeni families left in the dark about police investigations

June 19, 2017
News  

As the death toll from the Life Esidimeni tragedy rises to the 110 mark, patients’ families say the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been “dangerously slow” to act.

Medical aids and the high cost of psychiatric meds

May 10, 2017
News  

Many people suffering from depression and anxiety rely on expensive medication, but they are often not covered by medical aid.

More Esidimeni deaths, but none from neglect

April 21, 2017
News  

About six more former Life Esidimeni patients have died since the Ombudsman’s investigation but none passed on in the same “inhumane, negligent and unacceptable conditions”.

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A decade wait but still no psychiatric ward

April 7, 2017
News   OurHealth  

It has been almost 10 years since the psychiatric ward in Tshilidzini Hospital outside of Thohoyandou in Limpopo was burnt down – and still it has not been restored or repaired.