Today is Mental Health Day

It is okay not to be okay – Eusubius on 702 On Mental Health Day, the focus is on suicide prevention. A third of all South Africans suffer from depression and during this year, well-known celebrities and unknown private residents from Mbombela decided to take their lives. Others live with this darkness hanging over them every day but pretend all is okay. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) depression is the foremost illness globally with 300 million suffering from it. A leading cause of disability, it affects more women…

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Everyday factors affecting mental health

This message comes in the wake of Mental Health Awareness Month this October and aims to curb climbing depression rates in the country. While trauma, divorce and bereavement can send anyone into a downward spiral of depression, there are some surprising, ‘everyday’, factors which could and due heighten risk for mental illness. A leading pharmaceutical firm concerned about South Africa’s high use of antidepressant medication had launched an education campaign to shed light on the ordinary things that could  impact  mental well-being. Abdurahman Kenny, a central nervous system portfolio manager…

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Children living in poor areas with air pollution – increased mental problems noted

Children exposed to high amounts of air pollution were more likely to end up in the emergency room for a mental health problem according to a new study. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to examine short-term exposure to small particulate matter pollution and mental health effects in children. It found that pollution was linked to worsening mental health disorders just days after exposure. It adds to growing evidence that dirty air may be causing and worsening depression, anxiety and other mental health issues in children…

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Bullying at school – a lifelong impact on mental health

July is Mental Health Month. Bullying has been put on the radar this July, which is recognised as National Mental Illness Awareness Month, to highlight the need for greater public awareness and responsiveness given the high level of violence experienced at South Arrican schools. Bullying, which is a major societal problem globally and in South Africa, has far-reaching mental health effects, which many carry into adulthood. And health practitioners worldwide agree on this. In South Africa an estimated 41% of children are bullied at school in some shape or form,…

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