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South Africa to Mark World Mental Health Day
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 21, 2011

This year the international theme is "Investing in mental health". It is hoped the theme will bring attention to the need to allocate adequate financial and human resources to mental health to ensure that the best possible mental health services are available and accessible to those that require them.


The burden of mental illness gives rise to huge social and economic consequences to individuals, their families and whole communities.  Mental illness creates a huge burden on families, especially the primary care givers and impacts on the family’s quality of life.


According to the Department of Health, one in four people will be affected by mental disorder at some point in their lives.


High levels of mental illness have been found to co-occur with infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis as well as non-communicable diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus among others.
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