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Media Invite: SAHRC Mpumalanga Office hosts capacity building workshop on mental health

Attention: Editors and Reporters
20 February 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Mpumalanga will be conducting a human rights capacity building workshop for faith-based organisations as strategic stakeholders on Mental Health – Promoting and Protecting Human Rights.

Mental health is a public health problem in South African society today. People with mental health conditions are exposed to a wide range of human rights violations. The violations include stigma and discrimination which often result in people with mental health conditions being excluded from receiving healthcare services and from leading full lives in communities.

As organs of the state, the Commission and government departments (amongst others) are enjoined by the Constitution to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights of these vulnerable groups in society.

The workshop is targeting pastors and or reverends aimed at equipping and motivating them to join hands in creating awareness, working together towards eradicating the stigma and discrimination and assist in encouraging those affected to seek help. It is also meant to enable them to sensitize their communities about available government interventions and programmes aimed at addressing and curbing challenges faced by recipients of healthcare services in the province.

Furthermore, the Commission will be popularize its Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE) initiative. The aim of SHiNE is to commit every South African to reflecting on and acting in small but important ways to develop respect and harmony in their homes and communities, including churches.   
The workshop is envisaged to be held as follows:
Date: 21 February 2023
Venue: Protea Hotel, Mbombela
Time: 09h00 – 14h00


For queries contact SAHRC Mpumalanga Advocacy and Research Officer Ms. Margaret Salila on 013 752 8292/ 072 577 6679 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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