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Dear Readers: October is Mental Health Month and activities will kick off with National Anxiety Disorders Awareness Day, which will be held on Saturday, 10th October 1998.

Anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), just to name a few, affect more than a quarter of the population each year.

The National Anxiety Awareness Day was designed to educate the public about these disorders and help those who may be suffering from an anxiety disorder find the help they need - there are many effective treatments available.

Those who feel they might be suffering from an anxiety disorder, or know someone who may benefit from this free and anonymous screening, can call toll-free on 0800-11-9283 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday) to find one of the 25 venues across the country nearest them.

Venues this year are in:

Bloemfontein

 

    Letaba/Tzaneen

 

 

Tzaneng Mall
Cape Town

 

2 Military Hospital

 

  Malmesbury

 

Wesbank Sports Grounds

 

Cape Town

 

 

Sanlam Centre, Bellville

 

  Newcastle

 

Pick ‘n Pay Centre

 

Cape Town

 

Kenilworth Shopping Centre

 

  North West Province

 

Mega City Mall

 

Cape Town

 

Maynard Mall Shopping Centre

 

  Pietermaritzburg

 

Band Stand,
Church Street

 

Cape Town

 

Blue Route Mall, Tokai

 

  Port Elizabeth

 

Walmar Park Shopping Centre
Cape Town

 

Worcester Pick ‘n Pay Centre

 

  Pretoria (Friday, 9/10/98)

 

Centurion Shopping Centre

 

Durban

 

Chatsworth Psychiatric Clinic

 

  Randburg

 

Fourways Mall
Durban

 

Sanlam Centre – Pinetown

 

  Rustenburg (Sunday, 12/10/98)

 

Midtown Mall
East London

 

Vincent Park Shopping Centre

 

  Rustenburg (Sunday, 12/10/98)

 

 

 

Kwagga Plaza, Kwa-Mhlanga

 

George

 

Pick ‘n Pay Centre   Soweto Dobsonville Mall

 

      Welkom

 

North Park Centre

The screening is simple. It consists of watching a video on different anxiety disorders, filling out a written self-test and the chance to talk to a mental health professional about any questions you may have.

Zane Wilson, Director of the National Depression and Anxiety Support Group, notes that “these individuals may be embarrassed and afraid. We want them to know that they are not alone and that effective treatment is available.”