WMHD 2020

WMHD 2020: What Mental Healthcare in South Africa Should…

To commemorate this year’s World Mental Health Day, the CPMH and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) co-hosted a webinar on what mental healthcare in South Africa should look like.

On 9 November 2020 the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) co-hosted a webinar to commemorate World Mental Health Day.

This year the World Federation for Mental Health has determined the global theme to be Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access.

The invited speakers were Prof Crick Lund, a professor in Global Mental Health at the CPMH at the University of Cape Town as well as at King’s College London. He spoke on the strong investment case for mental health in South Africa.

Cassie Chambers, Operations Director at SADAG, then spoke on their experience over these last past months of moving their system completely online. She also shared some challenges and successes during their journey.

The highlight of the webinar was when two service users, Dr Sindi van Zyl and Thabo Xaba, shared their experiences of living with mental illness in South Africa.

The webinar ended with a short question and answer session.

Please view the webinar below.

The presentations in PDF form can be downloaded here:

Prof Crick Lund – PDF
Cassey Chambers – PDF

WEBINAR: Mental Health Aspects of the Covid-19 Crisis in…

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is leaving a myriad of unanswered questions in its wake – and many of these relate to the mental health of populations under lockdown, quarantine or self-isolation. The ill effects that this pandemic can have on the global mental health burden should not be underestimated – even more so in low-resource settings such as most countries on the African continent.

On 14 April 2020 the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health and AMARI co-hosted a webinar on the mental health aspects of the Covid-19 crisis in Africa.

The invited speakers were Prof Chiwoza Bandawe from the University of Malawi‘s College of Medicine; Prof Dixon Chibanda from the Friendship Bench; Dr Jose Luis Ayuso, Chairman at the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Research and Training at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; and Prof Simone Honikman from the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP).

Due to technical difficulties, Prof Bandawe, was unable to present, but a recording of him presenting will be made available soon.

Please view the webinar below.

The presentations in PDF form can be downloaded here:

Dr Jose Luis Ayuso – PDF
Prof Simone Honikman – PDF
Prof Dixon Chibanda – Coming soon