Mental illness no longer a taboo subject

Dr Neil Campbell MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Health, writes:

The DA in Gauteng marks World Mental Health Day and calls on all residents in the province and the country to break the stigma of mental illness and to seek help should anyone be suffering in silence.

There is no reason to hide, feel left alone and to not speak up if you are suffering from any mental disorder.

According to a study conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science, 4.5 million South Africans suffer from depression.

Seeking help is key to getting the right support and medication. The Gauteng Department of Health together with municipal clinics offer services to residents in need.

The two most common mental disorders that have an impact on many people’s abilities to work productively are anxiety and depression.

The DA encourages all employers to create an open environment whereby employees feel free to discuss and get treatment for any mental disorder.

Many lives can be saved and thus it is of utmost importance that anyone suffering from a mental disorder seek professional help sooner rather than later.


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