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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]
Facebook Friday - Online Chat
25th April, 1pm & 7pm
Treating your Insomnia could improve your Depression
Most of us experience the occasional sleepless night, but for some people getting a good night’s sleep is a rare exception. A good night’s sleep is essential - it helps us feel refreshed, alert, and even happy the next day.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as you need. It is also one of the symptoms of depression. It is also true that many patients with anxiety disorder complain of trouble falling and staying asleep.
Dr Alison Bentley of the Wits Sleep Laboratory, says people typically need 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep. But this varies from person to person and you know you’re getting enough sleep if you are able to cope with the demands of every-day life and don’t want to sleep as soon as lunch-time comes around.
It is very important that if you are not sleeping on a regular basis that you take it seriously and get help. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group will be hosting a Facebook Friday chat on the 25th April at 1pm and 7pm with Sleep expert Dr Alison Bentley. They will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding your sleep patterns, what is classified as a good nights sleep, and how you can cope with not sleeping properly and what treatment there is for you.
To log in, find the chat on our Facebook page “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group or through our website www.sadag.org
Tips on how you can get a better nights sleep:
While we all experience ‘bad nights’ if your sleep is continuously interrupted or sleepless nights have become the norm, don’t toss and turn – talk to an expert . Call SADAG’s sleep line 0800 753 379. You can also find helpful tips and information on the website www.sadag.org
Do You want to check your Mental Health?
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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.
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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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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