Vaal Mental Health
Vaal Mental Health (previously known as Vaal Triangle Mental Health) is a registered non-profit organization (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 Organization 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
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