vaal mental health

 

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:
 depression
 substance abuse
 anxiety
 bipolar disorder
 schizophrenia