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:






Tzaneng Mall
Cape Town


2 Military Hospital




Wesbank Sports Grounds


Cape Town



Sanlam Centre, Bellville




Pick ‘n Pay Centre


Cape Town


Kenilworth Shopping Centre


  North West Province


Mega City Mall


Cape Town


Maynard Mall Shopping Centre




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




Chatsworth Psychiatric Clinic




Fourways Mall


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




Pick ‘n Pay Centre   Soweto Dobsonville Mall




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.”