Depression is taking it's toll on South Africans

World Health Day is celebrated globally every year on April 7 to create health awareness. This year's theme is depression.

Dr Mvuyiso Talatala board member of the Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG) says there are limited resources in South Africa to deal with the growing number of people suffering from major depressive disorder both in the public and private sector.

We are still under pressure as the health facility to take care of the severe mental illnesses.

Dr Mvuyiso Talatala Board member of the Psychiatry Management Group

Depression needs to be treated at local level. there are a lot of people who are suffering from depression who have no access and who don't consult.

Dr Mvuyiso Talatala Board member of the Psychiatry Management Group

According to Psychiatry Management Group, the number of people suffering from depression in South Africa has risen by 58% from 1990 to 2013, affecting 407 578 people.

Talatala attributed the growing numbers to traumatic events taking place in our country like crime, rape and domestic violence. He also says lack of finances is another reason why people are stressed and depressed.

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