Who is Vaal Mental Health?
Vaal Mental Health (previously known as Vaal Triangle Mental Health) is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO number 001-874 NPO) focused on the mental health of the population of the Sedibeng area of the Gauteng Province in South Africa. Vaal Mental Health is one of the 17 Mental Health Societies from across South Africa that forms part of the South Africa Federation for Mental Health – SAFMH. (http://www.safmh.org.za)
So what is mental health? The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his / her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Mental health is severely threatened by mental illnesses. A Sunday Times investigation (7 July 2014) revealed that 1 in 3 people in South Africa suffer from mental illnesses. These illnesses include the top five mental health diagnoses which according to SAFMH are:
- substance abuse
- bipolar disorder
How is Vaal Mental Health Managed and Funded?
Vaal Mental Health has its own board of non-paid volunteers currently chaired by Edward von Bodenstein. Yvonne Coertze is the director of Vaal Mental Health and is responsible for the dayto-day operations. (Similar to the role of a CEO)
Although sitting on the board of SAFMH, Vaal Mental Health (similar to the other 16 Mental Health Societies from across South Africa) is an independent body with its own governing structure and provides community-based mental health services to Sedibeng.
The National Office of SAFMH aims to provide support to the 17 Mental Health Societies from across South Africa from a strategic national perspective and to a certain extent streamline mental health services in South Africa. Limited funding is provided by SAFM to these 17 Mental Health Societies.
From a funding perspective Vaal Mental Health needs to generate and manage its own funds whilst receiving a partial subsidy from government that is shrinking annually.
- Monday 08:00 am - 16:00 pm
- Tuesday 08:00am - 16:00pm
- Wednesday 08:00am - 16:00pm
- Thursday 10:00AM - 07:00PM
- Friday 10:00AM - 07:00PM
- Saturday closed
- Sunday closed