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New Research on Depression in the Workplace.

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JOURNAL

Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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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.

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International Mandela Day was launched in 2009 by the United Nations as a day of recognition of Nelson Mandela’s  birthday on 18 July, and the spirit in which he lived. The Day was inspired by a plea made by Madiba for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.  
 
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) was founded in 1994 alongside our country’s democracy. SADAG operates every day in the spirit of Madiba’s life and legacy. This year, SADAG invites you to honour Madiba’s life and values through volunteering and community service by Making Mental Health Matter.
 
Every person has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. It is in our hands to make difference, no matter how big or small the contribution. If you or a loved one has suffered with any mental illness, you know how frightening it can be. SADAG provides counselling, information, crisis intervention and information to individuals, companies and communities in need of support and help. SADAG is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0800 21 22 23 or visit www.sadag.org for more information. Actions speak louder than words and SADAG has a number of ways in which you can spend your 67 minutes this International Mandela Day.
 
In the spirit of Madiba’s devotion to his country through community upliftment, SADAG will be donating sets of Speaking Books to six NGOs around Gauteng. The Speaking Books are an innovation created by SADAG to explain critical health and safety information to vulnerable, at-risk, or low literacy communities.  Speaking Book sets will go to: Uncedeolwabantu Child and Youth Centre, and Mveledzo Community Centre for orphans and vulnerable children in Alexandra Township; Thuthukani Centre for orphans and vulnerable children and the Philani Community Centre in Ivory Park; and Afrika Tikkun and My Family Africa in Diepsloot. Each Speaking Book costs R150. If you would like to donate a Speaking Book, please contact Cassey or Naazia on 011 234 4837. Research shows that each Speaking Book is shown to  at least 40 people in a short timeframe. Your contribution will certainly not be just for International Mandela Day 2015 but will positively impact communities for many years to come.  
 
SADAG receives 400 calls a day. You can mobilise your colleaugues, friends, family or community to each donate R67 to SADAG to help us continue helping South African in need of mental health care services. Your donation would enable us to continue our important work. Your donation will assist us to reach the thousands of South Africans who feel helpless and hopeless. To donate, please click here or go to our website  www.sadag.org and click on the Donte Button on the right hand side.
 
SADAG will be giving its 67 minutes to Randburg Clinic for a talk on mental health and wellness. If you would like an International Mandela Day wellness talk to be given to your community or business, please contact Naazia on  011 234 4837.
 
Mental illness is still stigmatised and its sufferers oppressed.  Madiba vowed: "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.” SADAG stands by that principle and works tirelessly to advocate and educate all people about mental health issues. Through our free Counselling Container in Dieplsoot, our 16-line call centre, outreach and school talks, and media awareness, SADAG aims to empower every person to live with integrity and responsibility.
 
Nelson Mandela gave us the gift of hope and change. International Mandela Day was created in the spirit of Madiba – to continue his legacy of goodwill. Each one of us has the responsibility to heed Madiba’s call to simply do good every day so that we can live his legacy and build the country of our dreams. We look forward to spending our 67 minutes with you. "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."
 
For more information, please contact Cassey Chambers or Meryl Da Costa at SADAG on 011 234 483

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