We actively work with individuals, families and communities to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disability and psychiatric illness.
Durban and Coastal Mental Health is the largest mental health organisation in South Africa. We have strong leadership, clarity of vision, a sound management structure and operational capacity, an ability to manage financial risks, a proven track record of effective service delivery, and a proud string of awards.
Over the past 74 years we have transformed our services, with a progressive shift from the traditional medical and welfare treatment model to one that places greater emphasis on social integration, economic development, human rights, and psycho-social rehabilitation of people with intellectual disability and psychiatric illness.
With an operating budget of over R41-million and a staff compliment of 228, we have created a future of possibilities for people with mental disabilities.
Durban and Coastal Mental Health is an independent, registered not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (002-158 NPO), affiliated to the SA Federation for Mental Health. We are tax exempt and have Section 18A(1) status. As part of our growth path, we have subscribed to the Independent Code of Good Governance for Non-Profits in South Africa.
Durban and Coastal Mental Health is in receipt of a B-BBEE Certificate as a Socio-Economic Development Beneficiary. In addition the Challenge Protective Training Workshop, a division of Durban and Coastal Mental Health, qualifies as an Exempt Micro Enterprise (EME) with a Level 4 B-BBEE Status.
CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
HAVE A RIGHT TO LEARN
Children with intellectual disabilities are often not given the opportunity to do what most of us have taken for granted all our lives… To LEARN. It is crucial that, as a nation, we ensure that they are able to realise their potential and access their right to education.
Despite the fact that the rights of children with severe and profound intellectual disability are enshrined in various pieces of national and international legislation, they continue to be alienated from mainstream education. The perception persists that they have little or no educational needs or potential, and it is only in communities where such educational provision has been recognised as vitally important that these children have been fully included in the educational system.
During March (Intellectual Disability Awareness Month), Durban and Coastal Mental Health will be raising awareness about the right of children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities to access education and holding government accountable where such progress has not been made. We will be working with our partners in the mental health sector to spread the message and raise awareness about the fact that education for children with severe or profound intellectual disabilities can no longer be seen as a “nice to have”. It is an essential service that must be available to children across South Africa.