The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month to not only educate the public about mental health, but also reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to.
According to the Department of Health, mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and job stress are common, affecting individuals, their families and co-workers, and the broader community.
Very few South Africans seek treatment for their mental disorders. Mental illness can be treated at your nearest clinic, hospital or healthcare provider.
If you suspect a mental illness, visit your nearest clinic or doctor.