UCT's Alan Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health has been designated as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre, the only one in South Africa and one of only two in Africa.
The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health’s successful MPhil programme is continuing to equip mental health researchers across the world to contribute to the international effort to scale up mental health care.
Mental health care in South Africa has been chronically underfunded for many years, which is reflected in inadequate care in primary clinics, community residential care facilities and acute mental health units in district and national hospitals, says Professor Crick Lund.
South Africa needs sustainable solutions to deal with its mental health treatment gap, delegates heard at a roundtable discussion ahead of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) today. The discussion, “Economy, Equality and Access to Mental Health Services”, was hosted by the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health.