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JOURNAL

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

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a helping handbook

SADAG JOURNAL: NEW TOOL FOR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONERS -+ The Mental Health Matters Journal features articles by psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and specialists. The SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has launched a brandnew journal specifically for GPs. Launched in August, the Mental Health Matters Journal aims to assist them in the work they do with patients who may be suffering from a mental health issue. Here Zane Wilson, Sadag's founder, discusses how the publication will be distributed and why the organisation has decided to release it. Why has Sadag decided to release the Mental Health Matters Journal? Zane Wilson (ZW): Many doctors are in areas where there is very limited help for patients and a lack of therapists and psychiatrists. It will come out quarterly and will keep them updated by psychiatrists and psychologists on topics that will help them when they deal with for their patients. What is in the journal? ZW: It is a magazine, and topics are varied. It covers subjects such as depression and helping men get treatment, fear of flying, postnatal depression, coping with bipolar patients, anorexia, how to get patients into government hospitals, bullying in youth and schizophrenia. What will it cost and how can practitioners get hold of it? ZW: It is being delivered free of charge until the end of the year. Thereafter it will be sold on a subscription. For healthcare providers to get their own copy to assess, please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are sending the first three editions out to 3 000 general practitioners (GPs). Will the journal be available to free clinics where there might not be someone on hand who can help a patient with a mental health problem? ZW: It can be sent to government and private clinics free on request to the above email, providing it is requested by a registered mental health specialist, GP or psychiatrist. Does Sadag often come across cases where a GP has misdiagnosed a patient owing to lack of knowledge? ZW: The current research by Mediscor indicates 11.6 % of patients receive antidepressant medication, so when you consider one in three people in South Africa have or will suffer from a mental health problem, this figure is far too low. Do you believe untrained medical professionals are too quick to prescribe medication for patients who have some form of mental health problem? ZW: No not usually, particularly in government clinics and facilities. Very often patients are not prescribed antidepressants they may need or the pharmacy has run out of stock. Often psychiatrists only visit clinics once or twice a month. Are depression and anxiety becoming more prevalent? If so, do you think this is due to the fast-paced lifestyle adopted by most people? ZW: To a certain extent, yes, but in South Africa to a greater extent job loss is playing a larger role as well as increasing poverty. Trauma is also a major problem, whether it's caused by a hijacking, rape, or robbery — all of these contribute to stress and limited coping skills. Aside from GPs, who do you think could benefit from owning the journal? ZW: Any mental health professional who is working in this field who would like to read more on South African situations and issues. They will be able to learn from psychiatrists and psychologists who spend their whole day with people with mental health issues. What is your advice to someone who thinks they might be suffering from some form of mental disorder? ZW: Discuss it with their GP first or contact Sadag to speak to a counsellor over the phone if they are feeling stigmatised. On the front panel of Sadag's website there is a selection of questionnaires they can do privately at home and videos on various topics. . The current research by Mediscor indicates 11.6 % of patients receive antidepressant medication, so when you consider that one in three people in SA have or will suffer from a mental health problem, this figure isfar too low Zane Wilson Sadag founder ® We are sending the ,first three editions out to 3 0oo general practitioners Zane Wilson Sadagfounder Sadag is South Africa',, leading mental health NG and works to create awai ness and education abou mental health issues in al sectors across the count Celebrating its 20th ye Sadag takes responsibilit for helping all South Afric - patients, loved ones and their caregivers. Sadag is open seven d a week from 8am to 8pm and can be contacted free of charge on 0800-212-2; Alternatively, SMS 31393 contact Sadag 24 hours a day on 0800-121-314. Sadag is South Africa's leading mental health NGO and works to create awareness and education about mental health issues in all sectors across the country. Celebrating its 20th year, Sadag takes responsibility for helping all South Africans - patients, loved ones and their caregivers. Sadag is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and can be contacted free of charge on 0800-212-223. Alternatively, SMS 31393 or contact Sadag 24 hours a day on 0800-121-314.

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