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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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The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) was  recently recognised by the South African Medical Association (SAMA) Gauteng  for their contribution to the Mental Health field. SADAG received an award on Thursday night at the SAMA Awards for being 'an organization/member of society that has made an extraordinary, selfless contribution to the health and welfare of society in general.’
 
Dr. Colinda Linde, SADAG Chairman accepting the award said that “it is greatly appreciated to be recgonised as an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to society. SADAG’s work in community development, its very active call centre, and its Teen Suicide Prevention Programme were among the activities acknowledged as having made a great impact on the youth of South Africa.”
 
SADAG, now in its 22nd year, has worked tirelessly at getting Mental Health issues included by medical aid schemes (including bipolar disorder as a Chronic Condition, which was not accepted 20 years ago as a serious illness), to fighting the Gauteng Health MEC for the closing of the Life Esidimeni facilities for 2000+ patients which has resulted in over 37 deaths, and to coordinating the best possible psychological therapy guidelines for patients, amongst other things.
 
The Chairman of the Gauteng division of SAMA is Dr. Grootboom, who said, "These awards are to recognize members of society who make an extraordinary  contribution to health and who make a great difference through their work”.  SADAG takes up to 400 calls a day, engages over 100 volunteers, supports over 200 support groups countrywide, and runs the Janssen’s Counselling Container for 200,000 people in Diepsloot.
 
Dr. Frans Korb, Vice Chairman of SADAG, felt “being the voice of patients on issues ranging from government policy  to medical  aid schemes, has helped greatly. SADAG directly responds to the needs of the public quickly and skillfully and produce a journal on topics of mental health issues for GPs which has been very powerful.  The stigma of Mental Health has been greatly reduced in recent years due, in part, to our massive media campaigns on TV and radio “.
 
As Dr. Colinda Linde said: “Everyone needs access to mental health services and treatment. From a community perspective everyone is equal, and so assistance is for everyone in the country. We reach the whole of South Africa, and places beyond. People are never turned away.”
 

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Dr Colinda Linde
011 285 0088

Dr Frans Korb
011 326 1444

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