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Professor Mkhululi Lukhele, acting head of department, Gauteng Health
Department promises extra vigilance on mental health NGOs

Having learnt lessons from the Life Esidimeni tragedy, the Gauteng Department has taken extraordinary measures to increase the number of audits at mental health NGOs...

9 Apr 2018

Former Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu. Photo: Oupa Nkosi
#LifeEsidimeni: In six weeks we'll know if Qedani Mahlangu will be prosecuted

After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must face criminal charges...

By Mia Malan 26 Mar 2018

Sama: #Life Esidimini is a serious indictment on government
Sama: #Life Esidimini is a serious indictment on government

Retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke's opening paragraph in his Life Esidimeni ruling sums up the horror of case...

23 Mar 2018

#LifeEsidimeni victims' families awarded R1.2m
#LifeEsidimeni victims' families awarded R1.2m

Government has been ordered to pay victims of the mental healthcare marathon project a total of R1.2 million each by no later than 19 June 2018...

19 Mar 2018

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura
Independent curator will ensure Moseneke's #LifeEsidimeni decisions are implemented

Gauteng premier David Makhura will appoint an independent curator who will ensure that all the decisions of retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke on the inquiry into the Life Esidimeni tragedy are implemented...

By Claudi Mailovich 27 Feb 2018

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The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

The Gauteng provincial government's resistance to paying constitutional damages to the families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, may be tied to the fear of accepting greater responsibility...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 12 Feb 2018

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng finance MEC. Photo: Brenda Masilela/Africa News
#LifeEsidimeni: Gauteng health department gave NGO Precious Angels R1m, Barbara Creecy says

Precious Angels, the most deadly nongovernmental organisation (NGO) in the Life Esidimeni saga, received R1m from the Gauteng department of health.

By Katharine Child 31 Jan 2018

Building an effective mental health defence force to serve SA communities
Building an effective mental health defence force to serve SA communities

While there may be some resources directed at clinical and medical treatment for mental health issues, the question is what are we doing when it comes to the proactive prevention and the promotion of mental health at the community level?

25 Jan 2018

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#LifeEsidimeni: What Qedani Mahlangu's testimony may mean for David Makhura

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu may have withheld information from provincial politicians, including mounting complaints about conditions at the deadly NGOs that housed state mental health patients...

24 Jan 2018

Linda Mertens, program manager at The Next Web. Image provided.
#CreativeMorningsCT: TNW's Linda Mertens on mental health, the role of creatives and top 2018 trends

Linda Mertens from The Next Web (TNW) on having an open, educated and inclusive conversation about mental health, the role of creatives in this ever-evolving technological world and top trends for 2018...

By Juanita Pienaar 20 Dec 2017

Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs
Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs

Facebook earlier this week said it was stepping up the use of artificial intelligence to identify members of the leading social network who may be thinking of suicide...

30 Nov 2017

Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled
Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled

Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel...

21 Nov 2017

Health ombud, Malegapuru Makgoba. Photo:
Health honcho does duck

The suspended head of Gauteng Health, who said he would fall on his sword for his role in the Esidimeni tragedy, is now trying his best to avoid testifying at arbitration hearings into the deaths of at least 118 mentally ill patients.

By Katharine Child 9 Nov 2017

Former Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu. Picture: The Sowetan
Former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu found at UK varsity

Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is studying for her second MBA at the University of Bedfordshire in London...

By Katharine Child 6 Nov 2017

Dr Stefanie Malan-Muller
More than a gut feeling - the link between PTSD and microbes

Not everyone who goes through a painful event will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)...

30 Oct 2017

#LifeEsidimeni: How good people come to do very bad things
#LifeEsidimeni: How good people come to do very bad things

Arbitration reveals the skeletons in the Gauteng health department's closet culture that gave rise to 141 deaths and continues to thrive...

By Laura Lopez Gonzalez 20 Oct 2017

#LifeEsidimeni: Former Gauteng health MEC Mahlangu visited deadly Cullinan NGOs
#LifeEsidimeni: Former Gauteng health MEC Mahlangu visited deadly Cullinan NGOs

A social worker from one of the three Cullinan care facilities responsible for the deaths of at least 25 mental health patients says their lives could have been saved..

By Nelisiwe Msomi & Laura Lopez Gonzalez 17 Oct 2017

#MentalHealthAwarenessDay: Changing the way care is accessed
#MentalHealthAwarenessDay: Changing the way care is accessed

Recent studies show that over 17-million people in South Africa are dealing with anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, PTSD and mood disorders...

10 Oct 2017

SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders
SA has 14 times global average of foetal alcohol disorders

According to research published in JAMA Paediatrics, South Africa has the highest prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the world - more than 14 times the global average...

31 Aug 2017

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Mental illness a big issue in SA, but awareness is lagging

One in three South Africans will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, and only a quarter will either seek or receive treatment...

30 Aug 2017

The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end - here's why
The concept of schizophrenia is coming to an end - here's why

The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very profession that once sustained it...

By Simon McCarthy-Jones 28 Aug 2017

SACAP's new BPsych Equivalent Programme open for enrolment
SACAP's new BPsych Equivalent Programme open for enrolment

SACAP, The South African College of Applied Psychology, recently launched a new 18-month Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) [BPsych Equivalent Programme]...

22 Aug 2017

Nidhika Bahl, Queen of the Comeback.
#WomensMonth: Queen of the Comeback on speaking up

Not one to do things by half measures, Nidhika Bahl shares her success story to date and how Joyce Meyer changed her life...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Aug 2017

Lessons not learnt: Public mental health still in a dismal state
Lessons not learnt: Public mental health still in a dismal state

It appears that the Esidimeni tragedy has not had impact on improving the care of public sector mental health patients...

By Nicci Botha 28 Jun 2017

Medici medical app launches in South Africa
Medici medical app launches in South Africa

A medical app, Medici, that is said to be revolutionising the doctor-patient relationship, is now available in South Africa...

20 May 2017

SA's first adult ADHD guidelines
SA's first adult ADHD guidelines

Guidelines for adult ADHD have been published for the first time in the South African Journal of Psychiatry...

17 May 2017

Progress report on new psychology scope of practice
Progress report on new psychology scope of practice

The minister of health, the HPCSA and the the PBP are working on the regulations to define the psychology scope of practice properly...

26 Apr 2017

Inspiration for South Africa at Festival of Learning
Inspiration for South Africa at Festival of Learning

With every sector of the country in considerable turmoil, a wide range of homegrown solutions, approaches and ideas are on the programme of the upcoming sixth annual Psychology Festival of Learning hosted by SACAP...

Issued by SACAP 24 Apr 2017

HPCSA on psych scope of practice
HPCSA on psych scope of practice

The HPCSA has issued a statement clarifying the current situation on the regulations defining the scope of the profession for psychology...

9 Mar 2017

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Gauteng increases mental health spending after Esidimeni crisis

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy tabled a R108bn budget for the province, which included R10bn added to the baseline of departments to meet increased demand...

By Genevieve Quintal 8 Mar 2017

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