Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
15 October 2009

Invitation to African Human Rights Day Celebration on 21 October 2009

The Legal Resources Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

invite you to attend a celebration of

Africa Human Rights Day

on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 at 13:00

Venue:

Dean King Hall

St George’s Cathedral

5 Wale Street

Cape Town

Speaker:

Prof Michelo Hansungule

Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists

Eminent expert on African human rights

‘South Africa’s role in the African regional human rights system: achievements and outstanding commitments’

followed by a panel discussion.

RSVP please by Monday, 19 October 2009 to Wilmien Wicomb at

wilmien@lrc.org.za

tel: (021) 481 3000

fax: (021) 423 0935

For more information on the host organizations, go to www.lrc.org.za and www.chr.up.ac.za.

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