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SADAG has over 160 free Support Groups. To find out more about joining or starting a Support Group click here.

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MHM JOURNAL

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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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SPEAKING BOOKS

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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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It is really important to remember that a Support Group is never the first line of intervention when treating a mental illness. In the majority of cases Support Groups are run by patients and ex-patients themselves, they are not mental health practitioners and are not able to provide medical advice. Remember, a Support Group is not the same as group therapy.

If you have consulted with a mental health practitioner, have received a diagnosis and are managing your mental illness a Support Group can be an incredible support in maintaining your mental health. We recommend that you have been managing your mental health well, and if on medication for your mental health, that you have been on the same medication for a minimum of 6 months prior to joining a Support group.

This being said, not everyone needs a diagnosis to attend a Support Group. There are a few Support Group exceptions, for example if one wanted to join a Group for family members and loved ones of those with a family member who has a mental illness, they wouldn’t need a diagnosis. Similarly, if you wanted to join a Support Group for survivors of loved ones who died by suicide, you may not need medical assistance first. But, as a general rule of thumb, one should first see a Mental Health Practitioner and have received a diagnosis prior to joining a Support Group.

If you are currently in therapy, we advise speaking to your therapist or counsellor about wanting to join a Support Group prior to doing so. While Support Groups create a safe space of mutual sharing, support and understanding, for those needing professional assistance, Support Groups can become a triggering environment, and can potentially have the opposite effect if the member joins the group prior to managing their mental illness.

If you are unsure whether a Support Group is for you, please call one of our toll-free lines and a counsellor will assist.7

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