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Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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SPEAKING BOOKS

suicide book

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

Someone once said, “Being hospitalised as a psychiatric patient is the ultimate stripping of dignity”.

Twelve years ago, after I was first admitted to hospital for depression, I would have agreed. I was determined to never again set foot in a psychiatric hospital. Four years later, when again admitted to hospital, I learned that hospitalisation need not be demeaning if the right choices are made.

The following choices made the difference for me :

1. Look around for the best hospital recovery program : Call local hospitals and clinics to assess your options. Do this now before an emergency arises.

2. Find a competent psychiatrist : Choose one you can talk to, and who not only specialises in your illness but is also well-informed about the latest developments and advances in treatment.

3. Be honest with your psychiatrist : Share what you’re thinking in an open and honest way.

4. Make the most of group therapy : Share your feelings. Avoid trying to “rescue” others.

5. Allow yourself to receive support from other patients : Other patients are least-judgmental group you will ever meet and can provide great encouragement and support.

6. Nurture yourself in the midst of your hospital program : Do things you enjoy during your breaks, like listening to music.

7. Be assertive ! : Verbalise your needs.

8. Educate yourself about your issues : Ask if there is reading material available, or call the Depression and Anxiety Support Group for information.

9. Record your thoughts and moods : This will aid your psychiatrist in helping you.

10. Don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed : Remind yourself that you’re in hospital because of a defect in your brain’s chemistry, not a character defect.

11. Believe in yourself : Trust your gut-feelings and be true to yourself.

12. If you have faith, believe that God hasn’t forgotten about you.

Sherrie Eldrige

 

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