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Mental health events Last updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Print
If you have questions for yourself or your family about Mental Health this is the week to find answers. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is hosting over 45 workshops and talks. From Diepsloot to Durban, Cape Town to Soweto, Thoyandou to Bloemfontein, these talks, workshops, and presentations will be available free to members of the public. Presenting the workshops will be 49 psychiatrists and psychologists with knowledge and skills in depression, bipolar, panic disorder, trauma and suicide prevention.

Celebrities such as Lillian Dube (Diepsloot), Kerry McGregor (Sandton), Elana Afrika (Rosebank), Lupi Ngcayisa (Soweto), Rosie Motene (Soweto), Penny Lebyane (Soweto), Mapaseka Makoti (Diepsloot), Rabin Harduth (Jhb), Tshepho Mogale (Jhb), Joey Rasdien (Jhb), Kedibone Mulaudze, Magic Man (Jhb) and Vittorio Leonardi (Jhb) are all putting their weight behind this massive de-stigmatisation and awareness campaign for their communities.
?To someone who has suffered from depression in their lifetime, just knowing there are organisations like SADAG with their many helplines in all languages for all communities to get help, is incredibly reassuring. To talk to people who are non-judgemental, caring and understanding can help so much when you are feeling helpless and hopeless,? said Lillian Dube, Actress and TV personality.
Mental illness is a very real health concern, one in every five South Africans will suffer from a mental health problem at sometime in their lives. The day will be used to highlight the many facets of mental health care around South Africa.
At the recent Global Mental Health Summit in Athens, WHO said Depression will be the biggest health problem both emotionally and economically within the next 20 years and yet. Developing countries are spending less than 2% of their health budgets on mental health care.
The human rights of people affected by mental illness are a major issue, says SADAG manager Cassey Amoore. ?It?s not just access to treatment that affects recovery from a mental illness, but also people?s attitudes, and the way society sees mental illness. Many people still believe that if you have a mental condition, you are to blame. ? This is why SADAG, together with local celebrities, are hitting the streets, towns, and community centres across South Africa on the 10th of October.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get information on any mental health issue for yourself or your family. For further information about all the talks, and other events around the country, please log onto www. sadag. co. za or call Chevonne or Fatima on 011 262 6396, 0800 70 80 90 or 0800 12 13 14 for more information.
Where they will be held
The following areas will be hosting World Mental Health Day events:
Gauteng: Alberton, Diepsloot, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Newtown, Nigel, Pretoria, Parktown, Randburg, Rosebank, Sandton, Siyabuswa and Soweto.
Limpopo: Thabazimbi and Thohoyandou.
Free State: Bloemfontein, Kroonstad and Sasolburg.
Northern Cape: Kimberley and Upington.
Western Cape: Belhar, Cape Town, Durbanville, Grahamstown, Athlone, Muizenberg, Paarl, Rondebosch, Somerset West and Worcester.
Kwa-Zulu Natal: Durban, Kwa Duza, Howick, Pietermaritzburg and Westville.
Mpumalanga: Nelspruit, Ermelo and Witbank.
North West: Klerksdorp
Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth.
Swaziland: Mbabane Shopping Mall
(SADAG, October 2009)

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