JULY is Mental Health Awareness Month when people with mental problems are encouraged to find the help and treatment they need. It is estimated that a fifth of South Africans will experience a depressive disorder at least once during their lifetime and more than 60% will not get the necessary help. For people with a metal disorder, people who have lost a loved one or undergone a trauma the sense of isolation can be as destructive as their diagnosis or the traumatic event says Sadag. Depression is not just a temporary “wobble” that an individual can snap out of - it can last for many years, but there is a treatment available which can make a difference to the lives of many people. Sadag numbers of patient support, to find a support group closest to you, contact 0800 21 2223, suicide crisis line on 0800 567 567, Sadag mental health line on 011 234 4837.