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WHO launches illustrated guide to help you cope with stress

Published May 7, 2020

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DURBAN - The month of May is mental health awareness month and the coronavirus has proven just how much support service is needed for those facing mental illness, substance abuse, and more.

An estimated 400 million people worldwide suffer from mental or neurological disorders or from psycho-social problems. A recent survey conducted by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) found that nearly half of the 1 214 respondents felt that financial stress and pressure were one of the main challenges during the lockdown. Adding to this, over half of respondents cited anxiety and panic as a major challenge.

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“One of the things that has come out to us in the research which was surprising, is that a lot of front-line workers really felt traumatised by the pandemic, and they described symptoms which sounded like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” said Professor Bonga Chiliza.

In response to this, the World Health Organization has put out

“Doing What Matters in Times of Stress”

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