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WHO Commission criticised over sugar taxes in new report

June 7, 2018
News  

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs’ new report, Time to Deliver, called for urgent action against chronic diseases and mental disorders, the globe’s leading cause of death and ill-health, but failed to include a recommendation on taxing sugary beverages.

A psychiatrist’s battle against the system

One man’s fight to ensure humane treatment for mentally ill patients at a rural Eastern Cape psychiatric hospital has sparked various consequences, with at least one monitoring body calling out a cover-up and the hospital CEO handing in her resignation late last Thursday night.

Tackling mental health in the workplace

May 16, 2018
Mental Health   News  

 In 2017, a survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) revealed that just one in six employees with mental illness said they felt comfortable disclosing their condition to their manager.

Op-ed: What you didn’t see at the Esidimeni arbitration

March 20, 2018
News  

The decision of Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke in the Life Esidimeni arbitration is an important landmark following more than two years of resistance, negotiation, confrontation, heart break and horror, writes Section27 attorney.

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.

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The violent lives of Soweto’s children

February 28, 2018
News  

Ninety nine percent of children involved in a Soweto study have been exposed to extreme forms of violence at some point in their lives, according to results from the Birth to Twenty Plus study published in the South African Medical Journal on Wednesday.

Life Esidimeni: Untold consequences of trauma

February 12, 2018
News  

Families of the 140-plus psychiatric patients who died after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities to irregularly registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have suffered so much that some themselves are now dying.