About 75% of people living with mental illness in low- and middle-income countries do not receive any treatment at all – but they will be the focus of a special awareness-raising run by university leaders to commemorate World Mental Health Day.
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.
The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) recently published district mental healthcare plans from five low- and middle-income countries, notably South Africa, in a supplement to the British Journal of Psychiatry.
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.
Drawing on his research and policy engagement work over the past two decades, Professor Crick Lund presented a compelling case for investing in population mental health during his inaugural lecture in the New Learning Centre on 23 May.