“This has been one of the most traumatic events in our lifetime,” said Dr Yusuf Lalkhen, an educational psychologist. Speaking on the VOC’s Breakfast show on Thursday, Dr Lalkhen described the year 2020 as an extremely debilitating year for the youth and their overall mental wellbeing. South Africa recorded over[…]
Lifeline South Africa says many people are facing mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. It says it has had an unprecedented number of calls since the coronavirus lockdown started. The counselling service says it receives over 4 000 calls daily. The same number of calls is usually recorded in[…]
Over the past few weeks, concerns have doubled if not tripled over the spread of Covid-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. As the number of cases rise globally and in South Africa, lives of citizens have been turned upside down. Health Minister Zweli[…]
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that while many in South Africa celebrate the festive holiday season, many continue to suffer from severe depression and anxiety and actually feel worse during this time – especially the elderly. SADAG spokesperson, Cassey Chambers explained that anniversaries of deaths, first[…]
Do you often feel your daily activities become overwhelming? Are the “usual stresses” becoming too much for you to handle? Do you experience random boosts in energy and motivation, only for it to die down fairly quickly? Well, you could be among thousands left depressed by modern-day life. Although traumatic[…]
From 1 to 31 October 2019, South Africa (SA) will be observing and commemorating Mental Health Awareness month. The goal of the initiative is to educate the public about mental illness and to reduce the stigma and discrimination experience by those who live with it. From 7 to 11 October[…]
One of the three key witnesses in the deaths of 143 mentally ill patients, suspended Gauteng Mental Health Director Makgabo Manamela is expected to testify when the Life Esidimeni hearings resume in Parktown, Johannesburg on Monday morning. Manamela, former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and suspended Head of Department Barney Selebano[…]
In celebrating 125 years of delivering service to patients needing psychiatric treatment, Valkenberg Hospital launched its newly refurbished main historic administration building. Here’s a look into the dynamics behind the operation of the facility, the admission process and the experiences of those who work at the facility. Assistant Manager of[…]
Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of[…]
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