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Mental health matters this #MandelaDay

The SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) needs your help this #MandelaDay. FILE

The SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) needs your help this #MandelaDay. FILE

Published Jul 18, 2021

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The SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) needs your help this #MandelaDay. FILE

Mental health has been an important issue this past year as the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown brings into sharp focus how people are battling to cope with life's challenges.

#MandelaDay is a challenge to make a positive difference in society and in someone’s life, so why not have a lasting impact on someone’s mental health.

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The team at the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has called on South Africans to do just this and help each other cope and deal with mental health issues.

The group said in a statement that this #MandelaDay their Mental Health Matter initiative is even more important: “South Africans are hoping for an end to the violence, looting and intimidation that has rocked the country over the past few days, leaving many scared, anxious, panicked and alone. We are urging all South Africans to support us by donating to the Suicide Crisis Helpline so those who need Mental Health Support and Crisis intervention can easily access.”

A mere R67 donation will cover the cost of 14 keyrings that have the details of the Sadag Suicide Crisis helplines printed on them and then given to students on campuses across South Africa, so they know who to call when needed.

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The suicide call centre lines cost around R140 000 a month, so your donation will keep this valuable resource open and available to those in their time of need.

The group said: “Pay it forward – encourage your friends, family, loved ones, colleagues and next door neighbours to support Sadag for Mandela Day. Ask them to pledge their #MandelaDay to Sadag’s Suicide Crisis Helplines by making any donation – big or small – to help us continue helping people across the country. All our calls are toll-free.”

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