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PsySSA Welcomes You to 2018

Dear PsySSA Member, On behalf of the PsySSA Executive and Office, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to 2018. We trust that you are well-rested, invigorated and ready to embrace the new year with PsySSA. With your partnership and support...
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Depression and Suicide: How to talk to your college-age kids.

As students return to schools after the holidays, parents will undoubtedly deliver some emotional nuggets of advice. But they should also have a potentially life-saving talk with their kids to avert a possible tragedy — suicide. Parents can be naïve about...
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SAJP Issue 4 2017 now available!

Special Issue Guest Editor : Mohamed Seedat and Shahnaaz Suffla Liberatory and Critical Voices in Decolonising Community Psychology...
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PsySSA Welcomes You to 2018

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Depression and Suicide: How to talk to your college-age kids.

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SAJP Issue 4 2017 now available!

SAJP Issue 4 2017 now available!...

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Undesirable, dehumanised and tortured – expert speaks of Life Esidimeni trauma

Johannesburg – A clinical psychologist has testified about the severe social stresses and trauma the Life Esidimeni patients would’ve faced after being transferred to a number of unlicensed NGOs, which resulted in the deaths of 143 people.

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Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings

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Esidimeni tragedy dominates Gauteng SOPA debate:

The deaths of 100 mentally ill-patients dominated the Gauteng State of the Province Address (SOPA) debate. Political parties called for Premier David Makhura to resign and rejected his assertions that he would not have approved the ill-advised transfer of the patients...
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How to prevent another Life Esidimeni tragedy – experts speak out

How to prevent another Life Esidimeni tragedy – experts speak out By Suntosh R. Pillay On the surface of the disaster caused by the Gauteng Department of Health, it seems bizarre that vulnerable people were treated with no respect for their human rights, in a country...
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PsySSA Responds to Life Esidimeni Report – February 2017

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) again condemns in the strongest terms the actions of the health authorities leading to deaths of the patients from the Life Esidemeni healthcare facility. Prior to the ill-advised transfer of the patients, PsySSA was among the organisations who communicated with the Gauteng MEC expressing our concerns about the transfer…

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Deaths of former Esidimeni Care Centre patients

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) has learned through media reports of the deaths of 36 mentally ill patients who were formerly inpatients at the Life Healthcare Esidimeni Centre. While the exact causes of the deaths are not known at this stage, and it would be unwise to speculate, we have to note our great sadness and concern. Mentally ill persons constitute a very vulnerable group in society and they need care and protection. These are individuals who, due to their illness, are often unable to speak out for themselves.

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PsySSA comments on the planned closure of the Life Esidimeni Care Centre in Gauteng!

PsySSA writes to express concern over reports relating to the planned closure of the Life Esidimeni Care Centre in Gauteng. Such action will affect a large number of patients with chronic mental disorders. Given the nature and chronicity of their illnesses they are vulnerable individuals who are dependent on a structured care environment over the medium- to long-term.

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