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Mental Health Awareness Month July 2018

July 02 2018 By Progression

July marks Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa, and there is no better opportunity to highlight one of South Africa's most prevalent topics - mental illnesses. 

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reported that in 2017 1 in 3 people in South Africa, will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and that 23 people commit suicide every day. With these numbers rising over the years the need for education on this matter is more important than ever.

With such a vast amount of South Africans being affected by mental health conditions, it is exceptionally vital that we dive deeper to gain an understanding of what having a mental illness means and work to eradicate the stigmas attached to it. By educating fellow South Africans, we can help to break the silence and eradicate discrimination.

With South Africa being ranked as the 2nd most stressed nation, it comes as no surprise that a large majority of our workplace is affected by mental health issues and that this growing number has become an area of high-concern for many businesses.

The 2nd to the 6th of July is Corporate Wellness Week. With the prominence of mental disabilities and overall poor mental health among our workforce, organisations need to be considering what they can do to address this all too often overlooked but extremely important issue.

"Mental health is not given the priority it deserves in South Africa and there is very little research into mental health and service conditions", says Zane Wilson, Director of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). By educating South Africans and providing cost-effective mental health care we can progressively improve how mental health issues are managed an supported amongst community members.

The exposure to stressful life events like crime and violence; inadequate housing, unemployment and social conflict, can all be closely linked to mental illness and the current state of the country. 

By businesses taking the time to educate members of the workplace about mental health as a disability and providing the member with adequate information to empower individual's and manage mental health issues, we can begin to improve the public's perception and make way for a community who provides support, understanding and empowerment to all.

Progression's team of experienced disability experts have developed a mental wellness day aimed at unpacking mental health and disabilities. The day will be one of learning, with short information sessions running throughout the day. At these sessions our mental health awareness video will be shown, information regarding mental disabilities will be given out and a questionnaire assessing the organisation's culture and attitudes towards disability will be filled in by employees. Thereafter, employees can get their blood pressure tested and enjoy a short massage before heading over to our photobooth for a quick "selfie". As part of the product delivery, Progression will also provide a Recommendations Report for assessing potential gaps in the organisation's disability strategy.

 

To book your day with the team contact us at enquiries@progression.co.za or give us a call on 0860 754557.

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