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New Mental Health Watch project offers easy and accessible reporting of human rights violations

People living with  psychosocial or intellectual disabilities face many challenges, and often this can include abuse, neglect or discrimination because of their illness or disability.

Worse, the abuse often goes unreported – either because the victim lacks the capacity to articulate the abusive behaviour, or because he or she is afraid of retaliation, further discrimination and stigma.

As champions of the rights and dignity of people living with intellectual disability or psychosocial problems, the SA Federation for Mental Health has created a variety of easily accessbile options for people to report human rights violations and receive advice and assistance. Victims or relatives of victims are encouraged to report violations via:

  • dedicated sms/whatsapp line – 076 078 8722
  • landline number – 011 781 1852 dedicated
  • email address – humanrights@safmh.org
  • form on this website that can filled in and submitted online

We SAFMH are very excited about the project, as we believe it will empower people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities to better understand and enforce their rights.



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Schitzophrenia 'Stop Stockouts' campaign launched
The 'Stop Stockouts’ campaign has been initiated by PHANGO (Patient Health Alliance of Non-Governmental Organisation) in response to the frequent occurrence of medications being out of stock at clinics and hospitals.

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As we grow older childhood fears take on a different form. We may fear for our health, job security, safety, the devastating loss of a loved one, being able to retire comfortably, and much more.

Schitzophrenia Youth and Schizophrenia
With Youth Day being commemorated on 16 June, we want to send a special message to the Youth of South Africa, informing them about Schizophrenia – the warning signs and symptoms and where to find help.

Bipolar Awareness How much do you know?
According to the World Health Organisation, Bipolar Disorder is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world. However many people either have a misconception about the disorder or are unaware of its existence.





Charlene Sunkel shares her thoughts on schizophrenia

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Read about Charlene's life with Mental Illness


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