Africa Rights Talk Podcast Series

Mental health as a human right

In conversation with Dr Linda Blokland

October is Mental Health Awareness Month and a number of initiatives and campaigns were launched to raise awareness around issues of mental health. Good health is one of the most fundamental aspects that are crucial to our well-being, and transcends age, sex or socio-economic backgrounds. But health should be approached holistically - we can not look at health without looking at mental health. Yet government institutions and other stakeholders do not adequately address mental health issues in their policies. 

In this episode, Dr Linda Blokland explores mental health and addresses the causes of stigma around mental health issues. She explains what mental health really means and advocates for access to adequate mental healthcare.

This conversation was recorded on 17 October 2019.

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