n South African Medical Journal - Mental health under-budgeting undermining SA's economy : izindaba

Volume 105, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Grossly inadequate and uncoordinated government spending on treatment of mental illness - which affects one in six South Africans - is costing South Africa (SA) 2.2% of its annual GDP. It is also failing to reduce the 230 attempted suicides recorded daily, while 48% of people living with HIV/AIDS continue to suffer from a mental health condition (South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Mental Health Fact Sheet).

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