A third of South Africans affected by mental illness – expert

In All, Health, Multimedia by Linda Givetash

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South Africa —

July is Mental Illness Awareness Month and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group is encouraging people to seek help.

The three most common conditions are post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders and they can affect anyone.

Mental illness is manageable with support from doctors and counsellors.

Stigma prevents people from seeking mental health treatment

Untreated mental illness can be life-threatening yet most people living with disorders do not receive help.

Mental illness is manageable like any other chronic disease and shouldn’t be feared, explained said senior counsellor Ryan Edmonds.

People experiencing mental illness, and their families, can learn more by contacting the South African Depression and Anxiety Group at www.sadag.org.

Free mental health support available anywhere in SA

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Linda Givetash

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Linda Givetash is a Canadian-South African freelance journalist based in Vancouver, B.C. Her work has appeared in print, digital and broadcast media outlets around the globe.