LETTER: Gauteng needs to focus on mental health

2022/06/27 21:06:00

LETTER: Gauteng needs to focus on mental health

LETTER: Gauteng needs to focus on mental health

The soaring suicide rate highlights gaps in the province’s approach

27 June 2022 - 15:30 Picture: 123RF/THITAREES The Covid-19 pandemic and the Life Esidimeni tragedy highlight that the Gauteng health department is still grappling with how to effectively provide efficient mental health-care services.23 June 2022 - 05:00 I assure LEA Callaghan ( Letters , June 2) that though he may think I am a member of the FM’s staff, I am not.Image: Fanie Mthupha.23 June 2022 - 05:00 I assure LEA Callaghan ( Letters , June 2) that though he may think I am a member of the FM’s staff, I am not.

Recent figures show that in Gauteng alone the suicide rate had increased 90% at the end of 2021.This is simply heartbreaking.Sadly, the common thread is tackling government incompetence and its cavalier attitude to its citizens.The department has a responsibility to ensure that people with mental health issues under its care access much-needed health-care services.Such neglect, along with increasingly adverse weather conditions, has led to a proliferation of potholes across the city with no community spared.The non-government organisations that are taking care of mentally ill people must adhere to standard health regulations, and the department must always fulfil its oversight role.Nowadays, despite having highly paid “spokespeople” there is a stony silence.It is high time the Gauteng health department prioritises mentally ill patients, with more awareness campaigns being run by the department.Thankfully, there are strong editors who tackle the government’s incompetence and “don’t care” attitude.

Nicola du Plessis.It behoves us to stand up and object to below-standard service from the very people to whom we pay substantial taxes.Overall a welcome R285m has been sourced for road repairs and rehabilitation.

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