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In August the Janssen Counselling Container in Diepsloot celebrated various activities centred around women and their mental health and wellbeing.

SADAG partnered with the Wot-If Trust to engage women in Dialogue Sessions that focused on the challenges that they experience in Diepsloot and to find possible solutions. Some of the challenges or difficulties experienced were the high incidence of domestic violence, rape, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and lack of financial support. Some of the possible solutions that were forthcoming revolved around job creation, women empowerment, health education, stress management talks and parenting courses. All the attendees were encouraged to use the free counselling services that are offered at the Janssen Counselling Container which is situated in Extension 2, next to the Fire Station and in close proximity to the Diepsloot SAPS and the O.R.Tambo Clinic from Monday to Friday.

SADAG also runs various support groups in Diepsloot across various Extensions. On alternate Tuesdays there is a support group at Diepsloot South Clinic for young mothers and those suffering from post-natal depression. On alternate Wednesday there is a support group for Mental Health at the St. Vincent’s in Extension 12. On alternate Thursday there are support group meetings for Depression at My Family Africa in Extension 2 and an HIV support group in Extension 13. On alternate Fridays there is a support group for those that are experiencing financial stress or unemployment next to Roots in Extension 3, Tanganani. Thuli Ngubeni runs the different support groups and if you need further information please contact Anne on 011-234 4850 or 083 754 7509.

SADAG also hosted weekly talks on the various psycho-social problems affecting women at the two local clinics in Diepsloot. The talks focused on the effects of trauma (domestic violence, rape, loss of a partner or loved one) on women and where they can go to for help.

SADAG also hosted an Awareness Campaign at the Diepsloot Mall on the 25th August 2017 to raise awareness about mental illnesses and how to treat family members suffering from a mental illness. It is important to learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses so that an early diagnosis can be made and proper treatment interventions can ensue. This will provide important benefits to both the affected person and their families. Psychotherapy is an important intervention for people affected by Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief and other psycho-social problems.

SADAG also held a talk on the effects of Domestic Violence on Women at an NGO called My Family Africa. The talk was presented by Anne Rajcoomar and Nicola Cooper from SADAG.

Members from Lawyers against Abuse (LVA) and the local SAPS were invited to attend the talk to discuss factors such as the crime statistics in Diepsloot, the course of action that women can take which included information related to restraining orders and protection orders. The talk was well-received by all the attendees and they Pastor Honest, the co-ordinator at the NGO requested that SADAG hosts such talks on a regular basis.

We would like to thank Janssen for their kind sponsorship for all the events that are conducted in Diepsloot.