Latest statistics have revealed that more than a million Zambians suffer from mild and acute mental illness.
Mental Health Users Network of Zambia National Coordinator Dr. Caroline Kaunda cited abuse, violence, poverty and disease as some of the major causes of mental illness.
Dr. Kaunda told ZANIS in an interview that mental illness may lead some patients to be careless in their sexual behavior thereby fueling the spread of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
She disclosed that in recognition of this, the Mental Health Users Network will soon open a Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre (VCT) at Chinama Hills Clinic.
Dr. Kaunda has since urged members of public to desist from sexually abusing mental patients.
Mental Health Users Network of Zambia is found in five provinces of the country except in Eastern, Northern, Luapula and Western provinces.