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Sugar and mental health: What’s the link?

November 13, 2017
News  

Severely mentally ill patients are more likely to suffer from diabetes, be obese and have a higher risk of dying young than the general population. Research is increasingly linking diet to mental health. And, reports Amy Green for HEALTH-E NEWS on the eve of World Diabetes Day, sugar is a potent but much-over-looked culprit.

Esidimeni compensation likely unaffordable to Gauteng health department

November 6, 2017
News  

No action has been taken against 11 health officials implicated in Esidimeni crisis, former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who made the decision that led to 141 deaths remains illusive and the “bankrupt” Gauteng Health Department is currently unable to fund a compensation ruling.

Neglect of mentally ill patients a serious concern

October 26, 2017
News  

LIMPOPO – Families who refuse to look after mentally ill relatives, stigmatisation of the issue by communities, minimal patient visits and a shortage of water are plaguing the running of the Hayani Specialised Psychiatric Hospital, outside Thohoyandou.

‘Truth over justice’: Amnesty suggested for Esidimeni NGOs

October 24, 2017
News  

A family member of a patient who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy has suggested amnesty be given to implicated non-governmental organisation (NGO) officials in the interests of “getting answers”.

Esidimeni day 3: MEC Mahlangu ‘difficult to reach’

October 12, 2017
News  

Day three of the Life Esidimeni alternative dispute resolution was fraught with frustrations and characterised by dodging, vague answers and unsatisfactory witness testimony.

Health Ministry not informed about Esidimeni transfers

October 11, 2017
News  

Establishing the infrastructure needed to take proper full-time care of mentally ill patients is an expensive exercise, and should never have been regarded as an area where costs could be cut.

How hunger erodes mental health

October 10, 2017
Women's Health  

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: Lack of food security is driving depression, anxiety and suicidal behaviour in poor communities