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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

Tips on how you can get a better nights sleep:

  • Cut caffeine: Caffeine can take as long as eight hours to wear off. Cutting out caffeine at least four to six hours before bedtime can help you fall asleep easier.
  • Relax before bedtime: Stress not only makes you miserable, irritable, and angry, it also can seriously affect your sleep. Try listening to relaxing music or  meditate;
  • Avoid napping: As hard as it is when you are sleep deprived, napping during the day can only make matters worse if you usually have problems falling asleep.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and comfortable. For many people, even the slightest noise or light can disturb sleep like the light from your stereo or TV.
  • Avoid watching TV, eating, and discussing emotional issues in bed
  • Eat right, sleep tight: Don’t go to bed hungry, but avoid heavy meals before bedtime – being over-full can keep you up or give you nightmares. Some foods that  help promote sleep include: tuna, pumpkin, artichokes, avocados, almonds,  & oats.
  • Avoid alcohol as a sleep aid: Many people find that a drink at bed time helps them fall asleep. This is a bad idea as consuming alcohol at bedtime causes disturbances in sleep resulting in less restful sleep.
  • Keep a sleep diary: Keep track of your sleep by recording the time you went to bed and woke up, your total sleep hours, and the quality of your 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


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


Ask the doctor


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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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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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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