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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

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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SADAG is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group. On this website you will find comprehensive mental health information and resources to help you, a family member or loved one. [Read more]

     
 

22 aug 2014

 

Shame, Stigma, and Help for Treatment of acute Depression following Robin Williams Suicide

Facebook Friday 1pm & 7pm on SADAG’s professional site

 

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Receiving a diagnosis of depression can be very scary and very isolating. As with any diagnosis, comes questions that need to be answered – questions about medication, alternative treatments, long term options, helping others, as well as self-help and care.  What is often daunting is who to ask advice from – and when.

There are many misconceptions and stereotypes about depression that exist and have come into the limelight  following the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. We tend to think of a “depressive face” sad, miserable, aloof, and never-smiling. But the truth is that depression can present in its many forms and in order for us to really see depression, it is important that we understand it and help people cope with it.
This is an opportunity to have a candid dialogue about Mental Health , Depression and Suicide. We are opening this social media network to answer any of the questions  people may have and help with the pain, hopelessness and helplessness  that is so difficult to describe.
Suicidal depression is often a cold state of agitated horror and relentless despair, everything is an effort , all day  and throughout the night . There are feelings of no hope, no point , no help.

This Facebook Friday (on the 22nd August at 1pm & again at 7pm) we will specifically address how to cope with depression, how to help a loved one with depression, and how to get ongoing support for depression. Untreated depression is one of the greatest causes of suicide – talking about it and getting the facts can really help to reduce the risk. South Africa has at least 23 completed suicides a day and approximately 230 attempted suicides every day.

Anyone wanting to find out more or receive help for depression, please call SADAG 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0800 21 22 23.

 

Do You want to check your Mental Health?
Questionnaires below

  • If you think you may have Depression take this Self rating questionnaire and discuss the Findings with your Mental Health expert. Click here.
  • If you think you have Bipolar Disorder take this self rating questionnaire and discuss the findings with your mental health expert. Click here.
  • If you think you may have PTSD take this Self rating questionnaire and discuss the Findings with your Mental Health expert. Click here.
  • If you think you may have Panic & Anxiety take this Self rating questionnaire and discuss the Findings with your Mental Health expert. Click here
  • If you think you may have Postnatal Depression take this Self rating questionnaire and discuss the Findings with your Mental Health expert. Click here

 

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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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BIPOLAR DISORDER

If you have recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Dr Leigh Jeanet, Sandton Psychiatrist, specialising in bipolar will answer some of the questions you may have, after your diagnosis. Click here.

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