The plight of an unsound mind

Home of hope: Sbrana Hospital in Lobatse
Home of hope: Sbrana Hospital in Lobatse

Locked in their own world, held captive by defective psychological processes and structures, mental health patients fight a battle for normalcy and sanity everyday. Mmegi Correspondent, TUMELO MOUWANE finds that over and above that, the mentally unwell face all manner of abuse from the ‘sane’

In the past, it was believed that mentally ill people had demons.  According to Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital senior consultant psychiatrist, Namendwa Kuboka Leech, mental health patients were subjected to all forms of torture and abuse in the name of exorcising the demons causing the illness.

“Mentally ill patients were in the past exposed to torture,” he says.

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