mental health

 
Africa's oldest psychiatric hospital a stark reminder of war and a forgotten people
Africa's oldest psychiatric hospital a stark reminder of war and a forgotten people
The history of Africa’s oldest mental hospital is written on the walls of its isolation units, desperate messages chiselled into the wood like...
[Podcast]Health MEC on death of 36 mental health patients: 'No one said it would be easy'
[Podcast]Health MEC on death of 36 mental health patients: 'No one said it would be easy'
Gauteng health MEC says it wasn't her responsibility to visit nongovernmental organisations prior to transferring state patients into their care.
The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals
The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals
It’s Monday morning in Port Elizabeth. As the city’s commute gets underway, Gary Thomas* hears a familiar “ping” from his phone — a...
[EXCLUSIVE] Gauteng health MEC: Court threats fly over patient deaths
[EXCLUSIVE] Gauteng health MEC: Court threats fly over patient deaths
In June 2015, Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu announced that the department would terminate its contract with private hospital group Life...
Gauteng mental health services: 'They treated him like you don't even treat a dog'
Gauteng mental health services: 'They treated him like you don't even treat a dog'
In June, Jaco Stols, 51, was doodling something that looked like a triangle except the lines didn’t really meet up. He jabbed his pen into the...
We need ‘everything is not OK’ spaces
We need ‘everything is not OK’ spaces
Eight years ago, on the day a friend of mine died suddenly and inexplicably, we, her friends, gathered in her Killarney apartment that Monday...
Family of dead Gauteng psychiatric patient given the runaround by red tape
Family of dead Gauteng psychiatric patient given the runaround by red tape
Sizwe Hlatshwayo would have turned 29 next month. Instead, his family will bury him this weekend in Tsakane, east of Johannesburg — if they...
Me and my meds: It’s a fraught friendship
Me and my meds: It’s a fraught friendship
Wake up up. Shower. Brush teeth. Take antidepressants. This is my morning routine.
Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons
Mental shift: Yoga makes its way behind the walls of South African prisons
Raeez Safar sits in a grassy courtyard, his eyes closed as he lifts his hands to his face. As the sleeves of his white top fall past his wrists,...
On our ill-conceived normality: An ode to 'the mad ones'​
On our ill-conceived normality: An ode to 'the mad ones'​
We have an uncle who has been declared by society and the state to be mad. Uncle Philip. He heard many voices in his head.

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