July is Mental Health Awareness Month

2016-07-27 06:00

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.

According to the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) the biggest danger of anxiety and depression is suicide and the incidence of suicide has soared.

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.

There are three main types of depression:

Main depression – episodes of severe depression, dysthymia - long-lasting but less severe type of depression and bipolar disorder - episodes of depression and elation.

Depression may be caused by a combination of factors including external events, genetic inheritance, imbalance of brain chemicals, certain medical conditions, various medications, substance abuse.

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.

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