SA set to go 100% smoke-free

All buildings indoors and some outdoor areas in South Africa will become 100% smoke-free if draft regulations published by the Minister of Health become law. “100% smoke-free” is an area where smoking is completely prohibited. In terms of the law in countries that have gone smoke-free, this generally means smoking is prohibited inside all public…

Mental health issues in children

It’s important to recognize and treat mental illnesses in children early on. Once mental illness develops, it becomes a regular part of your child’s behavior. This makes it more difficult to treat. But it’s not always easy to know when your child has a serious problem. Everyday stresses can cause changes in your child’s behavior….

Nelson Mandela International Day 18 July

What is Mandela Day? “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to…

The benefits of mental health and staying well

Research shows that high levels of mental health are associated with increased learning, creativity and productivity, more pro-social behaviour and positive social relationships, and with improved physical health and life expectancy. In contrast, mental health conditions can cause distress, impact on day-to-day functioning and relationships, and are associated with poor physical health and premature death…

What is mental health?

It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. ‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others. According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which…

World Population Day 11 July 2017

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recommended that 11 July be observed as World Population Day. An outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, celebrated on 11 July 1987, the day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, particularly in the context of overall…

Panic Awareness Day 10 July

“I can’t breathe, I really cannot breathe. My chest hurts, my fingers tingle and my vision is blurred – I’m having a heart attack.” Panic Attacks are frightening and unpleasant, but not in any sense dangerous. Panic attacks are reactions that occur out of context. When we feel our survival is somehow threatened – like…

What’s the difference between mental health and mental illness?

‘Mental health’ and ‘mental illness’ are increasingly being used as if they mean the same thing, but they do not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has health. As the World Health Organization famously says, “There is no health without mental health.” In the course of a lifetime, not all people will experience a…

Psychosocial Disability: one of the most misunderstood areas of disability

If disability is one of the great human rights challenges of this century, then within this, psychosocial disability remains one of the most challenging and misunderstood areas of disability.  Paul Deany, DRF Program Officer As a person with bi-polar and someone who has worked in the field of psychosocial disabilities, I believe this is one…

Real Time Transaction Processing for leading Medical Schemes.

The Allegra Data Interchange solution provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Real Time Transaction Processing for leading Medical Schemes and is active in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana These solutions include real-time as well as batch claims processing for more than 40 medical specialities and we handle in excess of 2.4 million transactions per month….