The problem with the mad man in the African market

Mental health

There is increasing awareness of issues of mental distress, and there are rudimentary structures people can reach out to, but we are just at the starting line.

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What you need to know:

  • For most people, the coronavirus pandemic has made what was already very difficult life more unbearable.
  • In Africa generally, we are not good at recognising people who are struggling with mental illness. 

This week, a report out of South Africa said that the number of suicides in just one of its provinces, Gauteng, increased by a staggering 90 per cent between 2019 and 2020. The suicides shot up from 695 cases in 2019 to 1,325 in 2020.

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