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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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You are invited to a FREE Workshop, presented by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in partnership with Life St. Joseph’s Hospital.

This training will give you more information on how to start a support group effectively.

Date: Friday, 21 September 2018
Venue: Life St. Joseph’s Hospital, SADAG KZN Office
Address: 82 Mazisi Kunene Road (formerly South Ridge Road), Berea
Time: 2pm – 4:30pm (Registration starts at 1h30)
RSVP: Email Lynn Norton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Training will cover the following issues:

  • Who is SADAG?
  • Role of support groups in mental health
  • Referral of clients: When and where?
  • Running a support group: Lessons learned
  • How SADAG can support your group

We will be providing each person attending the workshop with materials, handouts and brochures. This training is suitable for any person wanting to start a support group or is already running a support group.

Please confirm your attendance asap and by latest 19 September. Space is limited and responses will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Lynn Norton
Project Manager
Tel : 078 278 7047
Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SADAG KZN – A review of August 2018:

SADAG KZN is rapidly making its mark in Durban. We are actively promoting our presence and the importance of spreading awareness around mental health in Durban and across KZN.

On 1 August, SADAG hosted an Exhibition Stand at Durban University of Technology (DUT) which was part of their Annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair. This initiative was driven primarily by the DUT Student Counselling Department. The event was well attended and SADAG provided brochures on Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as wristbands, keyholders and posters on how to access help and support.

On 8 August, SADAG KZN Director, Dr. Suvira Ramlall, gave a Mental Health Talk to the medical students at the UKZN Medical School in Durban. This event was attended by about 60 students. SADAG provided wristbands and brochures for the students and posters with emergency numbers, including details of the 24-hour Medical Students Helpline, namely 0800 323 323. This toll-free number was launched by SADAG in partnership with Discovery to alleviate the pressures medical students face on a daily basis. The posters were distributed among all the medical students and in their respective residences so that they would be readily accessible to all, including those who could not attend the actual talk.

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Figure 1Psychiatrist, Dr. Ramlall addressing UKZN Medical students on Depression, Suicide and Anxiety.

On 15 August, Dr. Lynn Norton, office manager of the KZN branch, was invited to do a short radio interview with Saffura Khan on Al Ansaar, to publicize the KZN office and the various activities and events that are rolled out in the province. Dr. Norton also gave a talk on Depression and Anxiety for young adult performers at the The Werehouse in the Durban CBD. This Centre supports and mentors young musicians and artists. A dialogue was entered into on various psycho-social issues such as Substance Abuse, Choosing Healthy Lifestyles, and the Signs and Symptoms of Depression. Knowledge around these important psycho-social issues is important in breaking the myths, stigma, and silence around mental illnesses.

On 30 August the KZN office also launched its first Support Group Leaders Forum meeting. Clinical psychologist and coordinator of our KZN office, Suntosh Pillay, has agreed to support this initiative on a monthly basis. This Forum will provide the necessary support and information that support group leaders need in the province. These meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every month going forward (next meeting is on 20th September from 16h15 – 17h15).

On 31 August SADAG held their first KZN Volunteer Workshop at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Berea. It was attended by 10 people including University students, social workers, health care workers, other NGO’s, support group members and other interested people. We are truly grateful for the enthusiasm and passion that was shared by our Volunteers.

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Forthcoming events:

On Sunday, 16 September, SADAG KZN will support SOLOS (Survivors of Loved Ones to Suicide) with their annual Suicide Awareness and Remembrance Walk to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day which was held on Monday, 10 September. All are invited to gather and join the walk at 8h30 at Durban View Park, Marine Drive, Umhlanga.

On Friday, 21 September, a Support Leader Training Workshop will be hosted at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ground Floor, 82 Mazisi Kunene Road, Berea, Durban from 14h00 – 16h30. Registration starts at 13h30.

If you would like to participate in any of the activities please contact Lynn Norton on 0782787047 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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