The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are hosting a FREE Online Support Group Leader Training Webinar Series
SADAG has over 160 Support Groups around the country that deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, bipolar disorder, as well as Support Groups specifically for family members and loved ones. Support Groups are gatherings of people with common experiences and concerns who meet together to provide emotional and moral support for one another. They encourage a sense of community, a source of empathetic understanding and a non-judgemental environment.
The purpose of the training is not only to generate awareness about Support Groups, but also to launch more Support Groups around the country, to provide aftercare to those in need of supplementary support. The training takes place online and is comprised of 6-online sessions each followed by assessments to test your understanding and readiness to run a Group, as well as practical exercises that will give you first hand insight into what running a Support Group is all about.
This 6-part online series covers everything from:
- What a Support Group is
- Who should join or start a Support Group
- Training and preparing you to become a volunteer Support Group Leader
- Preparing your Support Group
- Launching your own Support Group
The webinars will take place, Wednesday Weekly from the 1ST of June – 6 July 2021
- Part 1: Wednesday 1 June 2022, 10am – 11am
- Part 2: Wednesday 8 June 2022, 10am – 11am
- Part 3: Wednesday 15 June 2022, 10am – 11am
- Part 4: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 10am – 11am
- Part 5: Wednesday 29 June 2022, 10am – 11am
- Part 6: Wednesday 6 July 2022, 10am – 11am
A Support Group can help you cope better and feel less alone as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. A Support Group shouldn’t replace your usual medical care, but it can be a valuable resource to help you cope, manage and maintain your Mental Health. The training is open to anyone who is keen and willing to start a Support Group. However, prior to becoming a SADAG Support Group Leader you will need to complete an assessment questionnaire to evaluate if you are ready to start a Support Group. It is not necessary for Support Group Leaders to be mental health practitioners, because Support Groups are not therapy, they cannot replace therapy, nor are they the first line of mental health treatment/intervention.
SADAG Support Group Co-ordinator Krystle Kemp explains, “The majority of our Support Group Leaders are people with lived experience who have themselves been diagnosed and received treatment for a mental health issue. They have their own experience and are keen to create a safe space for people to connect, support and learn from each other.”
SADAG guides and trains new Support Group Leaders on running a group step-by-step. We help with training webinars, materials, handouts , information and ongoing support.
Mental illness affects an estimated one in three South Africans, however so many people don’t know where to go for help or how to manage their Mental Health. Support Groups are a great resource reminding us that there is always hope and that you are not alone.