October is Mental Health Awareness Month which has an important purpose of educating the public about mental health, the resources available and also aims to reduce the stigma and discrimination often associated with the illness.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental disorders include depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder. Depression is one of the main causes of disability worldwide, with an estimated 300 million people affected. Globally, bipolar disorder affects 60 million people, dementia affects 50 million people, and schizophrenia affects around 23 million people.
With statistics reflecting that mental disorders are a global concern and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, geography, income, social status, race, ethnicity or religion, it should be enough reason for the elimination of the stigma. The continued prejudice and discrimination impedes a person affected by mental health issues from seeking help for themselves, friends or family members, and therefore destigmatisation is of utmost importance
Open dialogue and continuous advocacy in support of those who struggle from mental illness, whether temporary or long term, will help motivate people to seek professional medical help and support. To aid the conversation about mental health and break down the stigma, Glopin Healthcare Consultants is committed to sharing important information that could support the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.
While all medical aid plans differ, most medical aid schemes could offer cover for psychologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist services that can take place both in and out of hospital. A range of mental health disorders are classed as chronic conditions, and therefore members may be entitled to receive cover as per the Prescribed Minimum Benefits list.
There should be no fear or cost implications that could prevent a person from receiving services, treatment and support to manage their mental well-being. To ensure you receive the best mental health cover, contact a Glopin Healthcare Consultant to evaluate your medical aid plan.