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March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

Children with intellectual disabilities are often not given the opportunity to do what most of us have taken for granted all our lives ... to LEARN.

It is crucial that we ensure that they are able to develop their potential and access their right to education.

Because the perception persists – that children with intellectual disability have little or no educational needs.

The Right to Education Campaign – a partnership between the Western Cape Forum on Intellectual Disabiity and the Legal Resources Centre – resulted in a court judgement placing the responsibility on provincial and national government to ensure that these children have access to quality education ... and that trained staff, transport and other resources be made available.

Yet the barriers to education persist – and much work still needs to be done to make the court ruling a reality.

DonateDuring March (Intellectual Disability Awareness Month), the South African Federation for Mental Health will be working with partners in the mental health sector to spread the message and raise awareness about this issue.

The Right to Education has the potential to succeed. But only if we become the driving force and catalysts for change.

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News and events

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.

Legal Advice World Suicide Prevention Day
With 23 completed suicides and 230 attempted suicides every day, South Africa is ranked amongst the top 10 countries with the highest suicide rate in the world

Brain diagram Help for those who are afraid
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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