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Hope Hike & Hope Bike

on 11 August 2016

Fight Depression! Break the Silence!

Join the 'Hope Hike and Hope Bike' events in Cape Town and Gauteng in October 2016.

Click here to enter!

 

On your marks, get set and go… it’s Casual Day 2016!

URGENT NOTICE – SECTION 18A TAX CERTIFICATES

 

SARS has recently changed the numbering of Public Benefit Organisations reference numbers. The new PBO number of the SA Federation for Mental Health is PBO 130003099. Our PBO status has officially been re-confirmed in July 2016. Unfortunately we have had feedback from a number of donors whose Section 18A tax certificates for the 2015-2016 tax year have been rejected by SARS due to the old reference number being used.

 Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you require us to re-issue your Section 18A tax certificate.

 We are grateful for the continuous support received by all our donors and apologise for the inconvenience caused.  

 

The South African Mental Health Advocacy Movement (SAMHAM) invites persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities to attend the Empowerment Sessions that will be taking place in Limpopo from the 17th to the 25th of August. Family members, mental health care workers, stakeholders and the community are also welcome.

It is important to RSVP as there are LIMITED spaces available. 

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Charlene Sunkel at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 011 781 1852

PRESS RELEASE: ENDING MEDICATION STOCK OUTS MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY 

29 JULY 2016

JULY PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH 2016 

During the month of July, the South African Federation for Mental Health commemorated Psychosocial Disability Awareness month, and focused on raising awareness around the issue of stock outs of psychiatric medication, and the negative effect this has on mental health care users. As the month of July draws to an end, it is important to realise that this is an issue that effects mental health care users every single day, and needs constant attention and action, not just during an awareness month. 

According to data released by pharmaceutical company Pharma Dynamics recently, one in five South Africans or just over 1 million citizens are on anti-depressant medication. These figures however only take into account patients who get their medication from private facilities, which means that the actual figure taking state facilities into considerations as well will be much higher. These figures also only look at Depression, and do not include the many South Africans taking medication for disorders such as Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anxiety etc. 

Figures like these highlight why it is crucially important that all mental health care users are able to access the correct medication for their individual needs at all times. Mental health problems are not something that only affect a small number of people, millions of South Africans depend on some form of medication to help them manage their mental health and live healthy lives, and it is their right to be able to access this medication at all times. 

For many service users, having the required access to psychiatric medication is essential to their recovery and to the ongoing management of their conditions. The availability of psychiatric medication is therefore crucial. Being unable to receive the correct, prescribed medication at clinics leaves patients in a situation which can result in a deterioration in mental health functioning and, worst case scenario, relapse. This can have a number of negative and long lasting consequences, such as re-admission to inpatient facilities, loss of employment, a breakdown in family or other relationships, poorer quality of life and social isolation.    

The lack of access to correct medication at clinics and hospitals is not just a logistical or policy issue; it is a human rights issue as it violates a person’s right to health and dignity. The National Mental Health Policy Framework stipulates that all psychiatric medication must be available at all levels of care. This however does not reflect the reality as stock outs of psychiatric medication is a problem that many mental health service users face on a regular basis.

As Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month draws to a close, SAFMH would like to encourage both the National and Provincial Departments of Health to continue placing emphasis on ensuring that service users’ right to health and dignity are protected by ensuring the availability and accessibility of all psychiatric medications at all levels of health care, as well as ensuring the full implementation of the Mental Health Policy Framework. Members of the public are also encouraged to report any medication stock outs to The Stop Stock Outs Campaign, The Mental Health Watch Reporting System, or the National Department of Health. 

 

The Stop Stock Outs Campaign:

www.stockouts.org 

Report stock outs to:

084 855 7867 - SMS, Please Call Me, Phone, WhatsApp

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mental Health Watch Reporting System: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

011 781 1852 

Sms/Whatsapp – 076 0788 722

www.safmh.org 

 

National Department of Health 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For Enquiries/information: 

Marthé Viljoen

Programme Manager: Information & Awareness

T: +27 (0)11 781 1852

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Hope Hike & Hope Bike

on 11 August 2016

Fight Depression! Break the Silence!

Join the 'Hope Hike and Hope Bike' events in Cape Town and Gauteng in October 2016.

Click here to enter!

 

On your marks, get set and go… it’s Casual Day 2016!

URGENT NOTICE – SECTION 18A TAX CERTIFICATES

 

SARS has recently changed the numbering of Public Benefit Organisations reference numbers. The new PBO number of the SA Federation for Mental Health is PBO 130003099. Our PBO status has officially been re-confirmed in July 2016. Unfortunately we have had feedback from a number of donors whose Section 18A tax certificates for the 2015-2016 tax year have been rejected by SARS due to the old reference number being used.

 Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you require us to re-issue your Section 18A tax certificate.

 We are grateful for the continuous support received by all our donors and apologise for the inconvenience caused.  

 

The South African Mental Health Advocacy Movement (SAMHAM) invites persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities to attend the Empowerment Sessions that will be taking place in Limpopo from the 17th to the 25th of August. Family members, mental health care workers, stakeholders and the community are also welcome.

It is important to RSVP as there are LIMITED spaces available. 

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Charlene Sunkel at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 011 781 1852

PRESS RELEASE: ENDING MEDICATION STOCK OUTS MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY 

29 JULY 2016

JULY PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH 2016 

During the month of July, the South African Federation for Mental Health commemorated Psychosocial Disability Awareness month, and focused on raising awareness around the issue of stock outs of psychiatric medication, and the negative effect this has on mental health care users. As the month of July draws to an end, it is important to realise that this is an issue that effects mental health care users every single day, and needs constant attention and action, not just during an awareness month. 

According to data released by pharmaceutical company Pharma Dynamics recently, one in five South Africans or just over 1 million citizens are on anti-depressant medication. These figures however only take into account patients who get their medication from private facilities, which means that the actual figure taking state facilities into considerations as well will be much higher. These figures also only look at Depression, and do not include the many South Africans taking medication for disorders such as Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anxiety etc. 

Figures like these highlight why it is crucially important that all mental health care users are able to access the correct medication for their individual needs at all times. Mental health problems are not something that only affect a small number of people, millions of South Africans depend on some form of medication to help them manage their mental health and live healthy lives, and it is their right to be able to access this medication at all times. 

For many service users, having the required access to psychiatric medication is essential to their recovery and to the ongoing management of their conditions. The availability of psychiatric medication is therefore crucial. Being unable to receive the correct, prescribed medication at clinics leaves patients in a situation which can result in a deterioration in mental health functioning and, worst case scenario, relapse. This can have a number of negative and long lasting consequences, such as re-admission to inpatient facilities, loss of employment, a breakdown in family or other relationships, poorer quality of life and social isolation.    

The lack of access to correct medication at clinics and hospitals is not just a logistical or policy issue; it is a human rights issue as it violates a person’s right to health and dignity. The National Mental Health Policy Framework stipulates that all psychiatric medication must be available at all levels of care. This however does not reflect the reality as stock outs of psychiatric medication is a problem that many mental health service users face on a regular basis.

As Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month draws to a close, SAFMH would like to encourage both the National and Provincial Departments of Health to continue placing emphasis on ensuring that service users’ right to health and dignity are protected by ensuring the availability and accessibility of all psychiatric medications at all levels of health care, as well as ensuring the full implementation of the Mental Health Policy Framework. Members of the public are also encouraged to report any medication stock outs to The Stop Stock Outs Campaign, The Mental Health Watch Reporting System, or the National Department of Health. 

 

The Stop Stock Outs Campaign:

www.stockouts.org 

Report stock outs to:

084 855 7867 - SMS, Please Call Me, Phone, WhatsApp

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mental Health Watch Reporting System: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

011 781 1852 

Sms/Whatsapp – 076 0788 722

www.safmh.org 

 

National Department of Health 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For Enquiries/information: 

Marthé Viljoen

Programme Manager: Information & Awareness

T: +27 (0)11 781 1852

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PRESS RELEASE: CONCERN OVER HIGH RATES OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION STOCK OUTS

July is commemorated as Psychosocial Disability Awareness month, and this year the South African Federation for Mental Health is focused on raising awareness around the issue of stock outs of psychiatric medication, and the negative effect this has on mental health care users. 

According to the June 2016 Stop Stock Outs Survey, Haloperidol, an antipsychotic medication, was found to be unavailable at 13% of national clinics. In provinces such as Mpumalanga and Limpopo, 33% of clinics reported stock outs of the drug. Haloperidol is classified as an essential medication, and mental health care users whose treatment includes haloperidol should be guaranteed access to the medication at all times. Being unable to access this medication could lead to a return of psychosis symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations as well as relapse, undoing months or even years of hard work to reach a point where the mental health care user is healthy and stable. Unfortunately Haloperidol is simply one of many psychiatric medications that are often unavailable at clinics and hospitals. SAFMH would like to stress the importance of addressing these stock outs of psychiatric medications, and the need to prioritise the health and recovery of South Africa’s mental health care users. 

For people living with mental disorders or disabilities, access to psychiatric medication is essential for their recovery and enables them to live fully productive lives and function as active members of their community. When service users want to access medication and remain treatment compliant, but are unable to do so due to medication stock outs, it is a violation of their human rights, as it infringes on their right to health and dignity.  

The National Mental Health Policy Framework stipulates that all psychiatric medication must be available at all levels of care. This however does not reflect the reality as stock outs of psychiatric medication is a problem that many mental health care users face on a regular basis. SAFMH would like to encourage both the National and Provincial Departments of Health to place greater emphasis on ensuring that service users’ right to health and dignity are protected by ensuring the availability and accessibility of all psychiatric medications at all levels of health care, as well as ensuring the full implementation of the Mental Health Policy Framework. Members of the public are also encouraged to report any medication stock outs to The Stop Stock Outs Campaign, as well as The Mental Health Watch Reporting System.  

 

The Stop Stock Outs Campaign:

www.stockouts.org 

Report stock outs to:

084 855 7867 - SMS, Please Call Me, Phone, WhatsApp

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mental Health Watch Reporting System: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

011 781 1852 

Sms/Whatsapp – 076 0788 722

www.safmh.org 

 

For Enquiries/information: 

Marthé Viljoen

Programme Manager: Information & Awareness

T: +27 (0)11 781 1852

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: CONCERN OVER HIGH RATES OF PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION STOCK OUTS

July is commemorated as Psychosocial Disability Awareness month, and this year the South African Federation for Mental Health is focused on raising awareness around the issue of stock outs of psychiatric medication, and the negative effect this has on mental health care users. 

According to the June 2016 Stop Stock Outs Survey, Haloperidol, an antipsychotic medication, was found to be unavailable at 13% of national clinics. In provinces such as Mpumalanga and Limpopo, 33% of clinics reported stock outs of the drug. Haloperidol is classified as an essential medication, and mental health care users whose treatment includes haloperidol should be guaranteed access to the medication at all times. Being unable to access this medication could lead to a return of psychosis symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations as well as relapse, undoing months or even years of hard work to reach a point where the mental health care user is healthy and stable. Unfortunately Haloperidol is simply one of many psychiatric medications that are often unavailable at clinics and hospitals. SAFMH would like to stress the importance of addressing these stock outs of psychiatric medications, and the need to prioritise the health and recovery of South Africa’s mental health care users. 

For people living with mental disorders or disabilities, access to psychiatric medication is essential for their recovery and enables them to live fully productive lives and function as active members of their community. When service users want to access medication and remain treatment compliant, but are unable to do so due to medication stock outs, it is a violation of their human rights, as it infringes on their right to health and dignity.  

The National Mental Health Policy Framework stipulates that all psychiatric medication must be available at all levels of care. This however does not reflect the reality as stock outs of psychiatric medication is a problem that many mental health care users face on a regular basis. SAFMH would like to encourage both the National and Provincial Departments of Health to place greater emphasis on ensuring that service users’ right to health and dignity are protected by ensuring the availability and accessibility of all psychiatric medications at all levels of health care, as well as ensuring the full implementation of the Mental Health Policy Framework. Members of the public are also encouraged to report any medication stock outs to The Stop Stock Outs Campaign, as well as The Mental Health Watch Reporting System.  

 

The Stop Stock Outs Campaign:

www.stockouts.org 

Report stock outs to:

084 855 7867 - SMS, Please Call Me, Phone, WhatsApp

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mental Health Watch Reporting System: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

011 781 1852 

Sms/Whatsapp – 076 0788 722

www.safmh.org 

 

For Enquiries/information: 

Marthé Viljoen

Programme Manager: Information & Awareness

T: +27 (0)11 781 1852

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.