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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.
- Click here to see speaking books in action
- Click here for sample book on clinical trials
- Click here for latest press release 1.
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- Speaking books in South African community YouTube
- Speaking books for Health Care YouTube
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]
ADHD on Facebook Friday
19th September, 1pm & 7pm
Ask the Doctor
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
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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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Suicide Crisis Line
0800 567 567
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Mourning Robin Williams Suicide
I’m not one for celebrity gossip.
For the most part, I’m content to let the stars of Hollywood live out their drama in their own world of fame. There are very few actors whose lives I pay attention to, or whose deaths I truly mourn.
Robin Williams is one of the them.
And tonight I am saddened. I am grieved by the death of a man who made his living through his expression of joy and laughter, who lived with a kindness and dignity that is greatly admired.
I mourn a man who struggled with the massive burden of depression so deep that he simply could not find a way out, and took his own life.
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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