Covid-19 drives hospital admissions up for mental illness


According to Western Cape’s top health official, Keith Cloete, the province has experienced a steady increase in the number of people with acute psychotic and behavioural disorders arriving at hospital emergency centres in recent in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,

Cloete noted that the latest National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile (Nids-Cram) surveys found mental illness had increased during the pandemic. The last Nids-Cram survey, conducted in April, found more than half (52%) of the respondents had experienced depressive symptoms at some point during the pandemic

The SA Depression and Anxiety Group has flagged rising rates of mental distress since Covid-19 struck, reporting a 48% increase in calls to its helpline in the nine months to September, compared with the year before.

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