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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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Ndumiso Prince Cele says that he started drinking alcohol and using drugs, because he felt worthless, as he tried to cope with the "shame" of bipolar disorder.

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Ndumiso Prince Cele turned to alcohol and drugs in an attempt to cope with the “shame” of suffering from bipolar disorder

“I started drinking alcohol and using drugs because I felt worthless. I didn’t have any hope,” said 31-year-old Cele, who was diagnosed with the mental health condition when he was 15. He told Health-e that he was still discriminated against by society.  

Miracles promised through prayer

Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes severe mood swings, from manic highs to deep depression. It requires treatment and support, says the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

Prior to starting treatment, Cele turned to traditional medicine and over-the-counter drugs for help, and when that didn’t work he went to different churches that promised miracles through prayers. “After knocking on so many doors without being healed, I finally made a choice to seek medical help,” he said. 

According to SADAG, bipolar disorder affects a significant number of South Africans, and usually shows in late adolescence and early adulthood. There are several types of bipolar disorders and all involve episodes of depression and mania to different degrees. 

Cele said his biggest challenge was not drinking because when he abused substances he became violent and stopped taking his medication. He sought help for his alcoholism and drug addiction and said that, with medication and counselling, he is able to manage the disorder successfully.

According to the US-based Mayo Clinic, there is no single bipolar disorder test, so a diagnosis is usually made on the basis of the symptoms meeting several criteria.  

For more information on bipolar disorder call the toll-free number 0800 12 13 14, which was launched by SADAG and the Department of Social Development. 

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