n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Providing psychiatric services in general medical settings in South Africa : mental health-friendly services in mental health-friendly hospitals : editorial

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Neuropsychiatric disorders rank high on the list of the most disabling medical disorders in both the developed and developing worlds. Significant comorbidity also exists between neuropsychiatric disorders and general medical disorders; this is key in the South African context where HIV / AIDS and substance use disorders are highly prevalent. It has therefore become essential to provide mental health services in a range of settings, including those that focus on the delivery of general medical services. Furthermore, the Mental Health Care Act 17 of 2002 underlines the importance of providing integrated, accessible mental health care in the local community.

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