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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rita Sonko-Najjemba

State of Mental Health Among South African Youth: Evidence from Research

Health experts are worried about the impact of the pandemic on mental health, particularly for the youth. The WHO estimates that mental illnesses account for 16 percent of the global disease and injury burden among 10-19-year-olds. Suicide is reported to be the fourth leading cause of death among children between the ages of 15-19 years. Body Mind Wellness Clinic and SAM CEO, Dr Rita Sonko, speaks more on this with eNCA about Mental Health among youths in South Africa.

On this World Mental Health Day 2021, we reflect on the state of mental health among South African youth with Dr. Rita Sonko, a Public Health Doctor whose main area of interest is addressing mental health especially among children and youth. Dr. Sonko heads up Strategic Analytics and Management (SAM), a Pretoria-based South African firm that works to support South African Government departments and the civil society sector to generate quality data and insights through state-of-the-art mobile data systems and analytics. Dr. Sonko also runs the Body Mind Wellness Clinic which provides holistic wellness services in Pretoria.

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