THE SOUTH AFRICAN
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
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New Research on Depression in the Workplace.

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JOURNAL

Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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SPEAKING BOOKS

suicide book

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.

depression book

To address the growing incidence of depression in South Africa, a nationwide depression support group was formed. A telephone counseling service and support line was made accessible to any person suffering from depression, panic disorder, social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.

The Depression and Anxiety Support Group was formed as a result of the single biggest initiatives within the pharmaceutical industry. Recognising the high incidence of depression (estimated at between 5 – 10% of the total population), but relatively poor awareness, a definite need existed for greater communication and support. The Depression Support Group has addressed this need and formed a well-trained and co-ordinated resource centre.

Telephone counseling to people with depression and their family and friends is their prime function. The group also aims to :-

· Co-ordinate the formation of regional support groups

· Send out information packs to members who join the group

· Destigmatise mental illness and heighten awareness and importance of depression

· Encourage early detection of depression

· Inform the public that depression is serious - but treatable

· Ultimately provide a “first step” for people in need!

And just who is in need? Depression does not discriminate or categorise. Factors that may confront any one of us, such as divorce, bereavement, illness and other stressors, often trigger depression. It is a biochemical disorder, and involves the body, mind, thoughts and feelings. Typically it affects the way you sleep, eat – the way you feel about things – the way you think about things.

Directly or indirectly, depression affects us all. Often manifesting itself in terms of low productivity and absenteeism. Yet treatment with medication and psychotherapy yields positive results, with success rates in 80% of cases.

 

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