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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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July is mental health awareness month and according to studies done by University of KwaZulu-Natal researcher Lourens Schlebusch, every day, approximately 21 South Africans commit suicide. The research further revealed that stress could be a significant contributing factor to people committing suicide.

CapeTalk/702 presenter, Redi Tlhabi spoke to Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, Specialist General Practitioner at South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) about the extent of mental health in South Africa

“Mental illness is any illness that affects your mental health and has an effect on your everyday living. It is illnesses like major depression or bipolar mood disorder; they all fall under mental illness”
— Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, Specialist General Practitioner

It is reported that in South Africa, 1 in 3 people will or do have a mental illness and yet 80% of people with a mental illness do not get treatment. And Dr van Zyl says people are afraid of the stigma that comes with mental illness so they end up not being diagnosed properly or even getting proper treatment.

“Most people end up going through life hoping that they will get over what they are feeling or going through and it doesn’t actually happen”
— Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, Specialist General Practitioner

Need help dealing with mental illness?

SADAG contact details Toll-Free Helpline: 0800 70 80 90 Website: www.sadag.org

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