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Young people living in urban informal settlement are exposed to high levels of violence and poverty. Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images

How poverty and violence are linked with anxiety in young South Africans

Young people living in the challenging contexts of urban informal settlements may be more at risk of experiencing generalised anxiety disorder.
The pandemic has driven university students’ stress levels up as they grapple with remote learning. thembi.jpg/Shutterstock/For editorial use only

How the pandemic is hurting university students’ mental health

Ultimately, these studies will help us to make sense of how the pandemic is reshaping higher education.
Some Nigerians took to mass looting of warehouses containing COVID-19 food palliatives that were not distributed six months into lockdown. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Whose mental health suffered the most during COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the unmarried, the unemployed, the less educated and those from the northern parts of the country were most susceptible to psychological challenges associated with COVID-19 lockdown.
It has long been recognised that mental disorders can run in families. And often members of such families differ in their symptoms. Getty Images

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

Research on the genetic basis of mental illness has so far largely excluded anyone who is not of European heritage.

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