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#BraveTogether with Maybelline

SADAG & Maybelline launch the #BraveTogether dedicated WhatsApp counselling chat line available 7 days a week, from 8 am-5 pm.

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Research on Depression in the Workplace.

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Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

MHM Volume 9 Issue 3

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If you are a journalist writing a story contact Kayla on 011 234 4837  media@anxiety.org.za


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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted. That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way healthcare information is delivered to low literacy communities.

The customizable 16-page book, read by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood by everyone across the world.

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 100+ titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 45 countries.

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  • What does the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) do?
  • Why is there an increase in children and teenagers committing suicide?
  • What are the ages of these children?
  • Is suicide more prevalent in girls or boys?
  • Why is this the case?
  • What leads a child to think about taking their own life?
  • How can you recognise the signs in children?
  • What help and treatment is available through your help line?
  • Are there any programs that can help school teachers deal with this crisis?
  • How do people get in touch with you?


  • 9.5% of all Teen Deaths due to suicide.
  • Country is badly resourced for Teen help i.e. North Western Province one psychiatrist for 3.8 Million.
  • 75% of children who have committed suicide tell someone first.
  • In Gauteng the Youth Risk Figures indicate that 13.8% of children have considered suicide as an option.
  • According to the National Youth Risk Survey 2002:
    - 25% of youth had experienced feelings of hopelessness
    - 19% had considered suicide
    - 17% attempted suicide


  • In operation in SA for 15 years
  • Trained counsellors available 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday, including public holidays
  • Maintain SA only toll free suicide crisis line
  • Deal with Mental Health queries on Depression, Anxiety, Panic and Suicide
  • Have available brochures, pamphlets and reading material in all languages on all mental health topics
  • 140 support groups around SA in urban and rural area that are patient led
  • Run in-school workshops for children Suicide Shouldn’t be a secret (over 200 000) children have been trained in five provinces
  • When death impacts your school is a programme for schools for teachers and headmaster on how to handle a child’s death
  • Active rural out reach to communities without resources in remote parts of South Africa
  • Workshops to :
    - Nurses
    - Social Workers
    - Teachers
    - Police
    - Prisons
    - Traditional Healers
    - Youth Groups
    - Church Leaders
    - Community Members
    - Home-based Care Workers
  • Funding for the above programs is critical from foundations, corporations and other donors


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