Mental health services in the Western Cape
What are mental illnesses?
Mental illnesses (also called mental health conditions or mental health disorders) include a wide range of conditions with different symptoms that affect the way a person thinks, feels or behaves. Mental illnesses are generally characterised by a combination of significant disturbances in thinking, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Mental illnesses can affect anyone regardless of race, age, sex or social status, and there's no shame in having a mental illness.
View the signs of mental illness here.
Most mental illnesses can be successfully managed if the correct advice, help and treatment are provided. It's normal to experience poor mental health now and then, but it's important to know what the warning signs are and when to seek help. This is when you might be experiencing:
Besides the difficulties arising directly from living with a mental illness, people who live with mental illnesses may also face other obstacles, including difficulties in:
Despite this, most people who experience mental illness will, if given the right support, be able to recover sufficiently to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.
Mental healthcare in the Western Cape
The Department of Health addresses the growing need for care of patients with mental illness by improving access to treatment and counselling at primary healthcare level.
Several health facilities in the province make provision for the admission of people experiencing mental health problems. This is in line with the Mental Healthcare Act 17 of 2002.
These are the different hospitals in the Western Cape that provide mental health services:
The Mental Health Review Board provides added support to these mental health facilities. These hospitals give access to the full package of psychiatric hospital services to people living in the Western Cape.
As part of the Healthcare 2030 vision, mental health services in the province will be integrated into community-based, primary healthcare, and acute hospital platforms and service delivery. Only those clients requiring a more specialised level of intervention and treatment will be treated within a specialist hospital.
Treatment for mental illnesses is handled professionally and in a caring environment. It’s important to treat mental health like any other health issue you or your loved one may have, by:
There are also community-based care organisations (such as Cape Mental Health) that play an important role in assisting people to gain access to mental health information and services in the Western Cape.
Mental health community outreach in the Western Cape
Various outreach initiatives are done together with psychiatric hospitals in the Western Cape. These are when mental health professionals, psychiatrists, psychiatry registrars and psychologists provide care at clinics, Regional, District Hospitals and Community Health Centres. The Primary Healthcare (PHC) service also offers mental health services where they:
If you or someone you know lives with a mental illness, you can go to your local clinic where a health worker will assess you and offer initial treatment.
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(Department of Health and Wellness, Western Cape Government)|