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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.

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.

‘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”.

Mental illness stigma fuels suicide say experts

September 27, 2017
News   OurHealth  

The stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide prevention is what discourages people from discussing these topics openly, often discouraging people from seeking the help they need.

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”.

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.