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Calls for increased budgets in the mental health sector

February 8, 2019
OurHealth  

The Life Esidimeni tragedy, patient abuse and suicide by health professionals are among the issues pointing to a dire need for better management of public sector psychiatry.

‘Dros rapist’: Mentally ill more likely to be victims

November 7, 2018
News  

The South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) has condemned local media houses for creating the impression that people living with mental illness are violent and criminally dangerous in the wake of rape-accused Nicholas Ninow’s defence citing his psychological state in court.

Global mental health report blasts SA for Esidimeni

October 10, 2018
News  

Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as “tragic”.

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.

Unhappiness with witness list for Esidimeni hearings

October 9, 2017
News   OurHealth  

Lawyers acting on behalf of bereaved families of the former Life Esidimeni patients are disappointed with the list of witnesses introduced by the state on the first day of hearings into the deaths of the psychiatric patients.

Psychiatric patients at Joburg Hospital can’t wash

July 3, 2017
Mental Health   News   OurHealth  

Patients at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) psychiatric ward cannot bath or shower because the water leaks into other wards.

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.