AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The Depression and Anxiety Support Group is a not-for-profit organisation established to :
v Educate patients, families, mental health professional, and the general public concerning the nature and management of depressive and anxiety illnesses as treatable medical diseases.
v Foster self-help for patients and families.
v Eliminate discrimination and stigma.
v Improve access to care.
v Advocate for research toward the elimination of these illnesses.
These goals are carried out through :
v A network of 75 support groups throughout South Africa.
v Partnerships with the public, schools, universities and prisons.
v Educational materials, video tapes and publications on these disorders, including a quartely newsletter.
v Media outreach, including articles in print and electronic media.
v Advocacy, serving as a voice for the more than 10% of South Africans who suffer from depressive disorders each year.
This undertaking is accomplished by :
v Workshops and educational programmes countrywide.
v A full-time professional staff of 5, headquartered in Sandton, Johannesburg.
v An 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. information line with free phone access, including Saturdays.
v A web site which can be visited via the internet at www.anxiety.org.za
v A referral service to experts and free services.
Our members are :
v People who have experienced depression or anxiety, their family and friends.
v Health care professionals, psychiatrists, doctors, social workers and psychiatric nurses, who care for people with depressive disorders.
v The general public.