Prof Mayosi’s suicide exposes gaping holes in mental health care

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Prof Mayosi’s suicide exposes gaping holes in mental health care

Questions remain as to why his ill health was not picked up and acted upon, says panel probing his death

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There are few reports that make for a more heartbreaking read than the investigation into the tenure and death of Prof Bongani Mayosi in 2018.

That the former dean of health sciences at UCT took his own life opens up a far wider discussion on the issue of mental health, suicide and the responsibility of those around us to identify and act on clear signs of mental distress.

As with every other theme in this report, the panel – chaired by UCT’s former senior deputy vice-chancellor Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo – did not shy away from this difficult topic...

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