The promotion of this vision of enhancing primary healthcare provision and creating greater access to mental health care services, through including more allied mental healthcare services has been a slow and daunting experience in South Africa. This is due to the burden of the high prevalence and morbidity of mental health conditions and the lack of governmental funding and human resources available to provide adequate and accessible mental healthcare services that are up to standard or of good quality (Petersen, 2004; Elkonin & Sandison, 2006; Abel, & Louw, 2009). Due to the lack of provision of mental healthcare professionals, the gap between the population’s need for primary mental healthcare services and the provision of these services was acknowledged by the South African government and the category of registered counsellors was birthed to provide the foundation for free, accessible, and quality mental healthcare service in marginalized communities within the primary healthcare sector (Scheffler et al., 2011).

Mental health: Enhancing primary mental healthcare through the Registered Counsellor category

Mental health: Enhancing primary mental healthcare through the Registered Counsellor category
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