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South Africa’s Biggest Mental Health Initiative - 45 Workshops
World Mental Health Day on 10 October
If you have questions for yourself or your family about Mental Health this is the week to find answers. SADAG (The South African Depression and Anxiety Group) is hosting over 45 workshops and talks. From Diepsloot to Durban, Cape Town to Soweto, Thoyandou to Bloemfontein, these talks, workshops, and presentations will be available free to members of the public. Presenting the workshops will be 49 psychiatrists, and psychologists with knowledge and skills in Depression, Bipolar, Panic Disorder, Trauma and Suicide Prevention.
Celebrities such as Lillian Dube (Diepsloot), Kerry McGregor (Sandton), Elana Afrika (Rosebank), Lupi Ngcayisa (Soweto), Rosie Motene (Soweto), Penny Lebyane (Soweto), Mapaseka Makoti (Diepsloot), Rabin Harduth (Jhb), Tshepho Mogale (Jhb), Joey Rasdien (Jhb), Kedibone Mulaudze, Magic Man (Jhb) and Vittorio Leonardi (Jhb) are all putting their weight behind this massive de-stigmatisation and awareness campaign for their communities. “To someone who has suffered from depression in their lifetime, just knowing there are organisations like SADAG with their many help-lines in all languages for all communities to get help, is incredibly reassuring. To talk to people who are non-judgemental, caring and understanding can help so much when you are feeling helpless and hopeless,” said Lillian Dube, Actress and TV personality.
Mental illness is a very real health concern, 1 in every 6 South African’s will suffer from a mental health problem at sometime in their lives. In the Western Cape 17% of children and adolescents Have mental health conditions. Yet only 27% of south Africans reporting severe mental illness receive treatment which means three quarters are NOT accessing ANY form of mentl health care. The day will be used to highlight the many facets of mental health care around South Africa. SADAG is the countries largest mental health NGO and their Founder Zane Wilson believes that, ”Educating the public through 45 Workshops, a mental wellness play, over 17 film shows with 11 celebrities helping us, what better way to help the public understand mental health issues and destigmatise Mental Health”.
At the recent Global Mental Health Summit in Athens, WHO said Depression will be the biggest health problem both emotionally and economically within the next 20 years and yet, Developing countries are spending less than 2% of their health budgets on mental health care.
The human rights of people affected by mental illness are a major issue, says SADAG manager Cassey Amoore. “It’s not just access to treatment that affects recovery from a mental illness, but also people’s attitudes, and the way society sees mental illness. Many people still believe that if you have a mental condition, you are to blame.” This is why SADAG, together with local celebrities, are hitting the streets, towns, and community centres across South Africa on the 10th of October.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get information on any mental health issue for yourself or your family. For further information about all the talks, and other events around the country, please log onto www.sadag.co.za or call Chevonne or Fatima on 011 262 6396 or 0800 70 80 90 or 0800 12 13 14 for more information.
The following areas will be hosting World Mental Health Day events:
Gauteng: Alberton, Diepsloot, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Newtown, Nigel, Pretoria, Parktown, Randburg, Rosebank, Sandton, Siyabuswa, and Soweto.
Limpopo: Thabazimbi and Thohoyandou.
Free State: Bloemfontein, Kroonstad, and Sasolburg.
Northern Cape: Kimberley and Upington.
Western Cape: Belhar, Cape Town, Durbanville, Grahamstown, Athlone, Muizenberg, Paarl, Rondebosch, Somerset West and Worcester.
Kwa-Zulu Natal: Durban, Kwa Duza, Howick, Pietermaritzburg and Westville.
Mpumalanga: Nelspruit, Ermelo and Witbank.
North West: Klerksdorp
Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth.
Swaziland: Mbabane Shopping Mall
Go to www.sadag.co.za for all details.
For more information, please contact:
Chevonne on 011 262 6396 or
Fatima on 011 262 6394