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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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Have you lost a loved one to Suicide? Do you know someone who has attempted suicide? Do you know how to help someone who is suicidal? There are 23 completed Suicides in South Africa every day, for every Suicide, there are 20 attempted Suicide. Suicide is still very under-reported.

“75% of people tell the next person about someone they know who has attempted Suicide. Therefore, it is vital for family members and loved ones to know the warning signs and symptoms of Suicide” says Clinical Psychologist and SADAG Board Member Zamo Mbele.

“Many people don’t know how to respond to Suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal ideation (the feeling of wanting to commit Suicide). Some might frame suicides and attempts as “selfish acts,” accusing the individual of not caring for those around them. Suicidal ideation is often brushed off, painted as someone being “overdramatic,” or dismissed as an empty threat. The truth is that suicidal people are scared to face it head on – mortality can be a frightening concept!” says Psychologist Gregory Eccles

Facebook Friday FREE Q&A on Friday 9 September will focus on Suicide Prevention, experts will be answering questions on recognising the warning signs and symptoms of Suicide, how to get help and coping with the loss of a loved one. Great opportunity to ask experts for free help, guidance and information.

Suicide is a giant problem within the South African context, but it is a problem that can be overcome – not by the single individual considering suicide, but by a concerted effort between that person, their friends and family, and their community as a whole.

The Afternoon chat starts at 1pm – 2pm with Psychologist and SADAG Board Member Zamo Mbele from Tara Hospital. The evening chat starts at 7pm – 8pm with Psychologist Gregory Eccles from Greenstone Hill.

To join the chats, LIKE SADAG’s Facebook Page: The South African Depression and Anxiety Group or go to www.sadag.org. Facebook Users that would like to remain anonymous can send a private message and SADAG will ask on their behalf.

SADAG provides FREE telephonic counselling and nationwide referrals to Support Groups, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Clinics, etc. Call our Suicide Crisis Helpline 0800 567 567, or SMS 31393 which is open 7 days a week, every day of the year, from 8am - 8pm.

Warning signs of a suicidal person:

Talking or joking about it - Talking about dying or threatening to kill themselves or saying things like “nothing matters”

  • Preparing for death - Many teens that are planning suicide will give favorite things away or even say goodbye.
  • Self-criticism - Listen to things your friend says - things like “I can’t do anything right” “I’m hideous and pathetic”
  • Changes in personality - Someone who is usually sociable, may not want to go out may become negative, aggressive or irritable, lose their friendships
  • Loss of interest in appearance, drop in hygiene - If your friend stops caring about what they look like, getting dressed or even bathing or washing
  • Risk taking behavior - Often people who are feeling suicidal do risky, dangerous things like drink and drive or taking drugs
  • Excessive feelings of guilt, self-blame, failure - If someone is depressed, they often feel guilty and blame themselves and it can be very difficult to talk to them
  • Suddenly feel better - If they have been depressed and hasn’t been for treatment suddenly is ‘back to normal’ this could be dangerous. It may mean they have set a date for their suicide and know the pain will soon end.

For interviews, stats or more info contact: Sam, Tshego or Tracy on 011 234 4837

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