Brainy researchers win mental health prizes

18 November 2011 | Story by Newsroom

Drs Katherine Sorsdahl & Taiwo AkindipePoster researchers: Drs Katherine Sorsdahl and Taiwo Akindipe enjoyed a wining World Mental Health Congress.

Two researchers from the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health scooped poster prizes at the World Mental Health Congress in Cape Town in October.

Dr Taiwo Akindipe and Dr Katherine Sorsdahl collectively won two of the three prizes on offer at the three-day conference.

Akindipe won the Best Poster Award 2011 for his research into the relationship between drug abuse and mental disorders. His study revolved around the increased demand for emergency psychiatric services relating to substance abuse among males in Cape Town.

Sorsdahl claimed her accolade for delving into new perspectives towards mental illness among people living with HIV/AIDS. She proposed that interventions designed to increase mental health literacy and reduce the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders may increase the likelihood of people living with HIV/AIDS seeking treatment should they need it.

Each award came with a book and a certificate.

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