Healthy Minds Program for Schools
For Schools who Recognise that Success is More than just Academic Achievement
The Healthy Minds program is all about outcomes: creating a healthy workforce, enhancing performance, reducing costs and building engagement.
An estimated 400 million people worldwide suffer from mental or neurological disorders or from psycho-social problems. Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and job stress are common, affecting individuals, their families and co-workers, and the broader community. In addition, they have a direct impact on workplaces through increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, and increased costs. Very few South Africans seek treatment for their mental disorders.
The Cost of Mental Health in South Africa
There are few prevalence studies of mental health difficulties among South African university students, but existing data suggest that:
- 12 per cent experience moderate to severe symptoms of depression,
- 15 per cent have moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety,
- 24 per cent report suicidal thoughts.
In recent years, increasing rates of student suicides at South African universities have heightened the urgency of developing coherent institutional strategies to address student mental health needs. Schools & Universities in South Africa now recognise that a proactive, preventive approach to mental health is essential and crucial, especially during and post COVID-19 for all students & learners.