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CPD Seminar : Mental Health in South Africa by Harvard Professor David R. Williams









04 May 2018

Mental Health in South Africa: Findings, Challenges and Opportunities

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Date: 04 May 2018
Time: 09H30 – 12H30 and 13H30 – 16:30 (repeat)
Presented by: Prof. David R. Williams
Prof Williams
About the Presenter: "One of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds..." – Thomson Reuters
Prof. Williams is a professor at Harvard University. His previous academic appointments were at Yale University and the University of Michigan. Sponsored by the World Health Organization, Prof. Williams directed the SA Stress and Health Study, the first nationally presentative study of the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders in sub-Sahara Africa. He has authored more than 400 scientific papers and released his TEDMED talk in April 2017.
HPCSA: 3 points applied for (target audience TBC)
SACSSP: 2 points applied for
Cost: R530 (Discount available for students & interns)
Venue: Old Trafford, Centurion Hotel, 1001 Lenchen Ave North, Centurion
Register online:
Enquiries: Cindy Fourie 012 664 0222 ext 348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This lecture will draw on findings from the South African Study of Stress and Health – the first nationally representative study of the levels and correlates of mental disorders and patterns of mental health service utilization. It will situate the South Africa findings within the context of the WHO's World Mental Health Initiative. Topics covered will include:

• Lifetime and 12-month estimates of the prevalence of mental disorders

• Levels of treatment and unmet mental health needs

• Exposure to Trauma in South Africa

• The association between early childhood adversity and adult mental health

• Levels of self-reported discrimination in South Africa and their association with mental health

• How disabling mental disorders are compared to physical health problems