One out of three people countrywide suffers from a mental health illness. This is according to South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Projects Coordinator, Anne Rajcoomar. Rajcoomar says Community members in Parys, Kroonstad, and Odendaalsrus will soon benefit from training in mental health education provided by SADAG.
The three days mental health education training started today in Parys. This programme will ensure that trained support group leaders serve as a support structure for the communities where there is lack of mental health care facilities.
Rajcoomar said this comes amidst of a high number of psychiatric patients’ transferal from Parys to a hospital in Kroonstad.
Rajcoomar says they are building capacity among support group leaders to assist the community with different aspects of mental illnesses, particularly in identifying signs of depression, chronic stress, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal idealisation and other mental health illnesses.
“We often take mental health for granted and do not realise the impact of stress in our lives. Community members in areas with no to little resources need to be made aware of mental health illnesses and the risk associated with lack of treatment,” said Rajcoomar.
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