Understanding depression and related symptoms key to suicide prevention in SA
Understanding depression and related symptoms key to suicide prevention in SA

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa has the sixth highest rate of suicide in Africa, with approximately 11.6 of every 100,000 people in the country completing suicide...

Issued by Cipla 18 Sep 2018

EC Health extends Life Esidimeni Kirkwood contract
EC Health extends Life Esidimeni Kirkwood contract

The Eastern Cape Health Department has assured mental healthcare patients at Life Esidimeni Kirkwood that their lives are not in danger with the end of the health facility's contract...

6 Sep 2018

R10m to recruit mental healthcare practitioners in EC
R10m to recruit mental healthcare practitioners in EC

In a bid to address mental healthcare in the Eastern Cape Health Department, the ministry has announced that a budget of R10m has been set aside to recruit health practitioners...

5 Sep 2018

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Putting Nigerian neuroscience research under the microscope

Researchers are working hard to unravel the complex mysteries of the human brain and nervous system, as well as to find treatment for often incurable brain diseases...

By Mahmoud Bukar Maina 4 Sep 2018

#WomensMonth: Gather the girls
#WomensMonth: Gather the girls

Mlisska Hubert, life coach and founder of She Gathers is building a suspension bridge between women, hosting gatherings to hold communion about what it means to be a woman today...

By Mlisska Hubert 14 Aug 2018

Barney Selebano, former head of department. Photo: Joyrene Kramer, Section 27
How many doctors and nurses will lose their licenses over #LifeEsidimeni?

Half of the top officials responsible for the Life Esidimeni tragedy still have not been reported to their professional associations, according to information from the South African Nursing Council (Sanc)...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 7 Aug 2018

Professor Soraya Seedat. Photo: Damien Schumann
#WomensMonth: Probing the secrets of mind, body and soul

Professor Soraya Seedat joined Stellenbosch University's Department of Psychiatry in 1992, fresh from her MBChB internship...

By Jeanne van der Merwe 3 Aug 2018

Qedani Mahlangu. Photo: Andronica Nedzamba
Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC body

Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, who presided over the Life Esidimeni tragedy, has been elected into the Gauteng ANC's provincial executive committee (PEC)...

By Laura Lopez Gonzalez 25 Jul 2018

Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, the health ombudsman
3 lessons on ethics from the Life Esidimeni tragedy

The Life Esidimeni tragedy highlights the need to review South Africa's bioethics, abandon its denial mentality and learn about true accountability...

3 Jul 2018

Life Esidimeni families receive compensation
Life Esidimeni families receive compensation

Families of the 134 Life Esidimeni victims have received compensation from the Gauteng Provincial Government...

25 Jun 2018

The real secret to a healthy lifestyle? Purpose
The real secret to a healthy lifestyle? Purpose

While diet and exercise are very important, health and wellness coach Reinhard Korb believes that the one true answer to a healthy life is purpose...

Issued by Nomadic Digital 21 Jun 2018

Health systems rarely consider that patients switch between hospitals or primary healthcare centres and indigenous medicine for their health issues. Direct Relief/Tobin Greensweig
Why indigenous medicine could play a role in rebuilding health systems

Conflicts do not spare health systems. From Afghanistanto the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the effects that wars and state fragility have on healthcare provision are all too visible...

By Jean-Benoit Falisse and Serena Masino 20 Jun 2018

Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care
Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care

Clinics, hospitals and entire countries are actively trying to attract medical tourists through costly advertisement campaigns and other promotional efforts. But what about the friends and family who accompany them?

By Valorie A. Crooks 4 Jun 2018

Osteopathy can be used to treat mental health issues related to back pain - new study
Osteopathy can be used to treat mental health issues related to back pain - new study

Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a drug-free medical approach which uses touch-based massage, manipulation of soft tissue and joints, and spine mobilisation procedures, to diagnose and treat pain related conditions...

By Darren J. Edwards 14 May 2018

Mental health revisited
Mental health revisited

A staggering 450 million people world-wide have varying degrees of mental health problems. When you consider that HIV is considered a pandemic, with 35 million people infected, mental health issues, although not necessarily life-threatening, are a significant problem...

Issued by Bonitas 30 Apr 2018

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

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