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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 1

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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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Shai Friedland

Shai Friedland (MA Clin. Psych. cum laude)

Shai Friedland is a clinical psychologist working from a cognitive behavioural perspective. He graduated (cum laude) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and completed both his internship and community service at Sterkfontein Hospital. He now works full-time in private practice alongside other CBT therapists.

Shai utilizes CBT in both an individual and group context with children, teenagers and adults. His areas of special interest include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders, Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder, Weight Loss Management, and Sport Psychology. Shai has undergone and continues to obtain CBT training online from the Beck Institute.

He has also attended the WCBCT (World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies) in Boston and has attended the EABCT (European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies) in Jerusalem. Shai has been a member of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) for over 10 years now. He started out as a telephonic counsellor and has progressed to giving mental health talks for SADAG on various topics and then to running the Substance Abuse talks and workshops for SADAG, in conjunction with the Department of Social Development, to schools across the country.

Shai continues to attend and give mental health talks for SADAG and is now a SADAG Board Member.

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