Because there's no health without mental health

16/06/2017 15:30 SAST | Updated 16/06/2017 15:37 SAST, Zongile Nhlapo, Lifestyle Reporter for HuffPost SA

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi during a media briefing by the Health Ombudsman to announce the final report on the Life Esidimeni psychiatric patients (Photo by Gallo Images / Sandile Ndlovu)

International and local healthcare experts, from Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg to the president of the World Federation of Mental Health, Prof Gabriel Ivbijaro shared interesting insights on mental health issues at the Discovery and SADAG Mental Health Media Summit held in Johannesburg on Thursday.

These were our 9 key takeaways:

Dr Mvuyiso Talatala says this is most likely to change when there is a political will to implement policies, particularly in South Africa. And government must commit itself to the cost implications of this.

"If you develop primary healthcare, it will cost you," says Talatala.

At least three mental healthcare experts at the summit agreed that government should also strongly consider integrating mental healthcare at primary healthcare facilities. This will improve access, and help reduce the stigma still associated with mental health illness.