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Mental Health Journalism Award

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Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Award 2014/2015 - Applications now open! Deadline 25th September 2014

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SUPPORT GROUPS

If you are interested in starting a Support Group, please contact Naazia on (011) 234 4837.

To find a Support Group in your area, please phone SADAG on (011) 234 4837.

SPEAKING BOOKS

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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.

depression book

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]

     
 

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ADHD on Facebook Friday

19th September, 1pm & 7pm

Ask the Doctor

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If you or a loved one finds it difficult to focus on something without being distracted, have difficulty controlling what you do or say, are less able to control your restlessness when other people seems to be, and are more impulsive then others – it may be ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a serious psychiatric illness that affects almost 10% of children and 5% of adults worldwide.

SADAG is launching a new toll-free ADHD line - the SADAG ADHD Helpline - made possible by an educational grant by Janssen. According to the most recent data, up to 10% of South Africans have ADHD. It could be present from birth or early childhood and usually persists throughout a person's lifetime, but is often not recognised or diagnosed. This toll-free line - 0800 55 44 33 –will be open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm for education, advice, referral and information on ADHD.  

Education, attention, support and appropriate referrals are crucial. To help create awareness and to provide information on ADHD, SADAG will be hosting a Facebook Friday online chat on the 19th September at 1pm with JHB Psychiatrist Dr Lynda Albertyn & then again at 7pm with Psychiatrist & Psychologist Dr Frans Korb. The experts will be answering questions on ADHD and assisting with self-help tips, coping tools and treatment options.  To participate in the chat, simply log in to the Facebook Page “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group” or follow the link on the website www.sadag.org

“ADHD often goes unrecognized throughout childhood. People learn to compensate for their symptoms when they are young, and it is only when responsibilities increase that young adults run into problems” says Dr Korb. He says that parents may avoid professional help because they fear being labelled as poor parents, or being accused of seeking to medicate overly playful, non-compliant or mildly disruptive children.  Taking advantage and using the Facebook Friday chat can be a helpful start in gaining information and understanding ADHD and offering an additional resource to the ADHD Helpline 0800 55 44 33.

Not sure if you may suffer from ADHD? Go to www.sadag.org and fill in questionnaire to see if you may have symptoms of ADHD. On the website, you’ll also find brochures, handouts, self-help tips, online resources for child and adult ADHD

ADHD Signs & Symptoms:

  • trouble paying attention
  • inattention to details and makes careless mistakes easily distracted
  • trouble finishing a task or complete an activity
  • trouble listening
  • trouble following multiple commands
  • impatience
  • fidgets or struggles to keep still
  • seems "on the go"
  • interrupts or intrudes on others
 

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
  • If you think you may have ADHD take this Self rating questionnaire and discuss the Findings with your Mental Health expert. Click here

 

Ask the doctor

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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