Only 1 in 4 people are receiving therapy for mental health issues.

Therapy for mental health matters

The 2022 World Mental Health Report found that 970 million people living with mental disorders globally in 2019, including 14% of the world’s adolescents. Suicide is the fourth-highest cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds, and 82% of people with mental disorders reside in low- and middle-income countries. South Africa’s history of apartheid, including its migrant labour models, has harmed women’s and children’s mental health, leading to absent fathers and child-headed households. Mental health services in South Africa are inadequate, both in the public and private sector.

Mental health in South Africa is unacceptably low, with only 27% receiving treatment.

Community-based Therapy

Community-based care is the frontline defence of any healthcare system, and South Africa must find the will and financial wherewithal to strengthen care at the community level. There is a shortage of mental health specialists, and poorer areas struggle to access healthcare due to socio-economic reasons.

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