Support is at hand

Rudyard Harrison, Somerset West

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of life? Is the cost of living, the pressure to perform and the unstable political situation taking its toll?

Is it difficult to get up in the morning and face the new day? Have you cancelled your gym membership? Do you avoid social gatherings?

Has your appetite taken a knock? Have activities that interested you lost their attraction? Has life lost its lustre? Do you find it difficult to concentrate or remember things?

If you can answer some of these questions in the affirmative, you may be living with the challenge of depression.

The good news is that you are not alone, you are one of many South Africans who are living with depression and help is at hand.

In the Helderberg Basin we are fortunate to have excellent mental health care. We have experienced social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors practicing in the area as well as hospitals, clinics and support groups.

Do not delay seeking help. The first step is to make an appointment with your general practitioner.

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) oversees a large number of support groups throughout South Africa, and we are fortunate to have one in Somerset West.

These groups exist to offer solidarity and emotional support to people living with depression and anxiety.

There are no costs and there is a strict code of confidentiality.

Those attending are encouraged to manage their lives carefully and to continue with their medication and therapy, and carers and close family members are included.

The groups are open to everyone and people can attend for as long as they feel the need for support. The Somerset West SADAG Group meets once a fortnight at the Coronation Avenue Methodist Church, from 6pm and ends around 7pm – the next meeting is on Monday August 27. Email for details.