My name is Thavanisha Shanmugam and I have been a telephonic counsellor with SADAG for a little over 5 years now. I have also represented SADAG at various awareness days, training workshops as well as talks country wide. I live in Pretoria and work as a KUMON teacher in Pretoria.I travel from Pretoria to our head offices in Sandton every Sunday morning to make my 8-12 counselling shift at SADAG. Now, of course, the travelling to and from Sandton is not an easy task nor is waking up early on a Sunday morning but I gladly do it as I hold in such high regard the work that SADAG does as well as the values they uphold. I believe SADAG has done so much for so many over the years and I am so grateful to have been apart of it. It is my passion to complete my studies and someday become a psychologist so in the meantime, SADAG affords me the opportunity to help people in distress from all walks of life and as a result, I believe this has made me a better person and scholar as I am gaining insight into the various mental illnesses as they are experienced by their sufferers that no textbook could impart.
SADAG has over 160 free Support Groups. To find out more about joining or starting a Support Group click here.
IN THE WORKPLACE
Research on Depression in the Workplace.
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Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's
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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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Dr Reddy's Help Line
0800 21 22 23
Cipla 24hr Mental Health Helpline
0800 456 789
Pharmadynamics Police &Trauma Line
0800 20 50 26
Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90
0800 55 44 33
Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14
Suicide Crisis Line
0800 567 567
SADAG Mental Health Line
011 234 4837
Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour
0861 435 787
Cipla Whatsapp Chat Line
(9am-4pm, 7 days a week)
076 882 2775
24 hour Healthcare Workers Care Network Helpline
0800 21 21 21
0800 515 515
EMERGENCY Contact Numbers for Students in South Africa - Click here
MENTAL HEALTH CALENDAR 2022
Support Group Awareness Week
Teen Suicide Prevention Week
14 - 21 February
World Bipolar Day
Bipolar Awareness Day
Substance Abuse Awareness Day
Mental Health Awareness Month
1 – 31 July
Panic Awareness Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Awareness Month
1 - 31 October
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SADAG KZN Branch
SADAG has an office in Durban with the support of Psychiatrist Dr Suvira Ramlall and Clinical Psychologist, Suntosh Pillay. Administrated by Lynn Norton
The KZN Branch is deeply committed to:
- Launching new Support Groups
- Workshops on Mental Health
- School Talks on Suicide Prevention
- Corporate Wellness For KZN companies
Want to become a volunteer counsellor? Contact Senzi 011 234 4837
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Mental Health & Depression Book
A book called Surfacing, in which Marion Scher has sat down with a number of South Africans to share their stories of their personal struggles with mental health issues.
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