about mental health
Around 10-16% of South Africans will suffer from a mood, anxiety or substance use disorder at some stage in their life.
However, due to the significant advances of our understanding of the role of different brain systems, specific brain circuits, particular genes in a range of mental disorders and in finding effective and cost-effective treatments, these disorders can now be diagnosed as reliably and accurately as most of the common physical disorders. Although effective treatments are available, nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders.
The Mental Health Information Centre aims to inform the public (including other health professionals) of the latest finding in psychiatric research and in so doing hopes to address the stigma of these conditions.