Join the Hike for Hope!

By Drum Digital
29 August 2016

Depression is an illness, not a weakness – so get walking and start talking!

Join Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM, Cipla and the Ithemba Foundation for the annual Hope Hike – and this year also the Hope Bike – to raise awareness of depression, and make your contribution to breaking the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness.

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October is the World Health Organisation’s Mental Health Awareness Month and the Hope Hike and Hope Bike are your opportunity to do your part in raising hope and spreading the message that without mental health, there’s no health.You can also be an Ambassador for Hope throughout October by wearing your “sky-blue for hope” awareness ribbon.

The entire entry fee for Hope Hike and Hope Bike goes toward the depression research fund of the Ithemba Foundation (a non-profit enterprise, registration number 2012/171250/08). Ithemba means “hope” in Xhosa.

WHEN, WHERE AND HOW

Cape Town

Sunday 2 October at Blaauwklippen on the R44 in Stellenbosch.

Johannesburg/Pretoria

Sunday 9 October at Van Gaalen’s in Skeerpoort

Starting times (for both venues):

Hope Bike fun ride: 25 km – 7.45 am

Hope Hike: 10 km – 8 am; 5 km – 8.30 am; 3 km – 8.40 am

Registration begins at 6.30 am

Entry fees:

Hope Hike: 10 km R80, 5 km R60, 3 km R40. Children under 12 (3 or 5 km): R30.

Hope Bike: 25 km R100.

How to enter: Go to www.iqela-events.co.za and click on the Hope Hike/Hope Bike logo. Entries are limited so don’t wait! For enquiries email entries@iqela-events.co.za.

The impact of depression

According to the World Health Organisation depression is the third biggest global illness. By 2020 it will be the second biggest and by 2030 the biggest. According to one statistic, worldwide almost 350 million people suffer from clinical depression and almost one million people lose their lives to suicide every year.

The annual economic cost of depression due to absenteeism and unproductivity is immense. A South African study found that on average, people with depression took 18 days’ sick leave as a result of their illness. However, the individual suffering of those who have to live with this debilitating, paralysing and sometimes fatal illness can’t be described through mere statistics.

The sooner you recognise the symptoms and seek help, the sooner you can manage the disease with the help of therapy and medication.

To show you care, get walking and start talking!

The five signs of depression

DO YOU know the five indications of mental health problems? Show you care by recognising the symptoms in family members and colleagues – or yourself – and make sure mental illnesses get as much, and as immediate, attention as we give to physical illnesses. Indeed, it is an illness, not a weakness.

American organisation Change Direction lists these signs as the first indications that someone is suffering from depression.

  • Personality change

  • Agitation

  • Withdrawal

  • Poor self-care

  • Hopelessness

For more info go to www.changedirection.org.

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