According to the World Health Organisation, Mental Health is a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Unfortunately life can be overwhelming. It is difficult to ensure that the rapidly changing social and environmental conditions in our country and around the world support, rather than threaten, mental health.
Mental Health is not seen as a priority to many health practitioners and it is taboo in society to discuss such struggles.
The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month with the objective of not only educating the public about mental health but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to.
Please join us on the 14th of October where Dr Hekkie van der Westhuizen will speak on the choice we make that affects out mental health as an extension on his article, The Choices we make and Mental Health. Topics that will be expanded on are: Choose to Care for Yourself, Cherish Relationships, and many more.