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Mental Health Matters

Celebrities celebrate and educate on Saturday October 10th - World Mental Health Day:

SADAG, South Africa’s biggest mental health advocacy network is using Saturday, October 10th, to highlight the many facets of mental health care around South Africa. From Diepsloot to Durban, Cape Town to Soweto, Thoyandou to Benoni. Over 25 talks, presentations and videos will be available free to members of the public and their families. Celebrities such as Lilian Dube, PJ Powers, Graeme Richards, Kerry McGregor, Lupi Ngcayisa and Elana Afrika are all putting their weight behind this massive de- stigmatisation and awareness campaign for their communities. In attendance at the workshops, will also be psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors with knowledge and skills in depression, bipolar, panic disorder, OCD, trauma and suicide prevention.

There will be 15 lines open, which 6 are toll free lines (0800 70 80 90 or 0800 20 50 26), 2 SMS lines and over 70 counselors available at the call centre 8am to 8pm. There will also be an online discussion room with a professional guest panel of psychiatrist Dr Frans Korb, psychologists Michelle Scott, and David Rosenstein, to answer questions on any mental health issues from 8am Thursday 8th October until Sunday 11th at 8pm. One in five South Africans will suffer from a mental health problem at sometime in their life. This is a valuable opportunity to get information on any mental health issue for yourself or your family.

To read about all the activities taking place nationwide, please log on to www.sadag.co.za. Or call toll free 0800 20 51 21 or sms 31393.