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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

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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Mental illness isnt all in the mind jul16

Mental Illness Isn't All in the Mind July is Mental Health Awareness Month. "It is okay to ask for help — particularly when it comes to treating anxiety disorders, depression and burnout", writes Penny Haw. Burnout, depression and anxiety disorders are different illnesses, but they share several important traits. They are all real and highly prevalent, and each carries the unfortunate, age-old stigma of mental illness. It's ridiculous, really. Fearing others will judge and treat us differently, many of us downplay, deny and even try to hide mental ailments. Burnout, depression and anxiety disorders are illnesses, they are not character flaws. And, unlike many character flaws, they respond to treatment and can be controlled. But help is required. "Ego", says Johannesburg psychiatrist and clinical psychologist Dr Frans Korb, "adds to the reluctance to seek treatment". People find it hard to admit they need help, particularly psychological help, because they imagine it's a sign of weakness. "Depression and anxiety disorders are biological illnesses. There are certain chemicals in the brain, including serotonin, noradrenalin and dopamine, which regulate mood and the way people feel. When the concentration of these chemicals becomes abnormal, people need medication to restore the balance. That is why the conditions need to be treated from a medical point of view," he says. "Unfortunately, stigma works against people coming forward for help. However, once patients accept their condition is medical, it reassures them and they are more inclined to seek professional help." Where to find help: Call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 011 -234 4837 (8am - 8pm) or their 24-hour helpline: 0800 12 13 14. SMS SADAG to 31393 (they will call you back). Source: www.sadag.org.

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