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We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.
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Facebook Friday - Online Chat
6th December 1pm and 7pm
Staying Stress free over the Festive Season
It’s the end of the year, many of us are ‘attempting’ to slow down, and getting ready for a few days off this Festive season.
However, for some this is can be a very stressful time. Trying to close up deadlines, having to plan and cook a meal for your extended family over Christmas or New Year, even travelling over the festive season, or expecting visitors that are coming to stay with you. The festive season can put you in the same room with relatives that you often avoid the rest of the year or want to discuss your finance with you.
There are also some people who know that the holiday season will be spent alone or away from family and friends. This can be a very lonely and stressful time.
A small amount of stress is reasonably good for you! It can increase performance, productivity, energy and motivation. But too much unhealthy stress can be very troubling and make life very difficult and even can be very dangerous to your health.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group realizes that no one experiences the same feelings and everyone copes differently. The last Facebook Friday that SADAG has chosen to have is on the 6th December on End of Year Stress and how to cope with it healthily. We will have expert psychologists join us for an hour each at 1pm and again at 7pm.
This is your opportunity to ask them questions on how to deal with stress, who you can rely on when you are stressed and what help is out there if you are feeling overwhelmed over the holidays.
To join the chat, log in through the website www.sadag.org or on the Facebook Page: “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group” You can even share your ideas that have helped over the Years, Volunteering over Christmas to allow others to take time off with their family, helping at the Animal Centre’s, Just cooking a simple meal and delivering to a neighbor who has no one who cares, even offer to help with all the washing up at a children’s or old age home.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or feel there is no one to talk to, please call SADAG on 0800 21 22 23 a counsellor will be able to help you. SADAG will be open throughout the Festive Season, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day! The Call Centre is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm. You may also SMS us on 31393.
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MEN AND DEPRESSION
Men in South Africa battle to come forward with mental health problems due often to the stigma attached to mental health. Dr Korb, psychiatrist and psychologist makes it clear and easy to understand the many ways to get help and a diagnosis. Click here.
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ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS
Dr Colinda Linde, well known CBT expert, specializing in panic and anxiety, answers questions you may have after you have received your diagnosis. Click here.
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0800 21 22 23
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0800 20 50 26
Sanofi Aventis Sleep Line
(0800 753 379)
Suicide Crisis Line
0800 567 567
Akeso psychiatric reponse unit Gauteng Emergencies 24 hour
010 040 HELP (4357)
Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14
SADAG Mental Health Line
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014
Teen Suicide Prevention Week
16 - 22 February
Bipolar Awareness Day
Substance Abuse Awareness Day
Mental Health Awareness Month
1 – 31 July
Panic Awareness Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Mental Health Day
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