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  Mental Health And You: Are You Taking Care Of Yourself?


[Posted on 01 July 2017]

The South African National LGBTI HIV Plan, 2017-2022 is a milestone in the country’s response to HIV, AIDS, STIs, and TB. it is a national, multi-sectoral effort to address the linked HIV/AIDS/STI/TB epidemics among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex (LGBTI) people. Due to HIV vulnerabilities which are unique to each sub-group, there is a need for a strategic document that focuses on LGBTI people.

The Plan has a special focus on the response and/or provision of Mental Health Services, Counselling and Care to LGBTI persons. This is important when responding to the needs of people who experience stigma, discrimination, prejudice on daly basis, any and everywhere. As LGBTI people, we are therefore prone to Depression, Anxiety and Suicide.

Below is an article on Mental Health we feel needed to be re-posted for engagement, and may come handy to most of us.

"In South Africa, one in three people will, or have, a mental illness, yet 80% of people with a mental illness do not get treatment."

In July, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), creates awareness to encourage more people to seek help, treatment and support.

There are 23 ”successful” suicides and a further 230 attempted suicides every 24 hours in this country. More needs to be done to help so many people who feel helpless and hopeless.

Due to the high prevalence of depression and anxiety in the country, SADAG, launched (2015) a dedicated depression and anxiety helpline (0800 70 80 90). This offers free telephonic counselling and referrals for callers to psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, hospitals, clinics, support groups, counselling centres and other NGOs, nationwide.

“Stigma is still a major problem in South African society. Many people don’t know where to go or who to speak to for help – people fear they will be judged or discriminated against, or that others will think they are weak. By educating the population about mental illness, we can create more awareness and encourage more people to seek treatment,” said SADAG’s Cassey Chambers.

To contact SADAG:
• Toll-free helpline: 0800 70 80 90
• SMS: 31393
• Website: www.sadag.org
• Facebook: The South African Depression and Anxiety Group
• Twitter: @TheSADAG

Taken from http://www.news24.com/…/July-is-Mental-Health-Awareness-Mon… – Lynn Hitchcock



PATRONS: Mr Z. Achmat (Treatment Action Campaign), Sir Elton John and David Furnish (Elton John AIDS Foundation)