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If you are struggling with a mental health disorder, you are not alone.

The ‘Mental Health and COVID-19 in South Africa’ paper indicated that before the COVID pandemic, 1 in 6 South Africans already suffered from anxiety, depression or a substance use disorder, with
possibly 60% of people dealing with post-traumatic stress. However, only 27% of South Africans with severe mental disorders receive treatment.

Following a scientific brief, the World Health Organisation urged countries to step up mental health services and support, pointing to an increase in the global presence of anxiety and depression by a substantial 25% in the first year of COVID.

How can your Link pharmacist help you?

  • An article in the Pharmacy Times suggested that pharmacies can play an important role in highlighting mental health disorders through information campaigns and providing a space for customers to talk about what they are experiencing.
  • As community-based pharmacies, Link pharmacists has a natural empathy for their customers and they can listen to you with a compassionate and experienced ear and encourage you to see your doctor for help.
  • Your Link pharmacist can inform you of possible side effects where medication is prescribed. According to WebMD medication can take 4-6 weeks to take effect and, if one drug is not effective, there are others that your doctor can prescribe for you.

Pharmacists can provide a caring partner for people struggling with mental wellbeing disorders.

You are not alone!


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