As Women’s Month officially kicks off tomorrow, August 1, the African Christian Democratic Party draws attention to mental illness, particularly depression.

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that “the recent passing of renowned University of Cape Town Professor Bongani Mayosi has afforded us, as South Africans, the opportunity to reflect, share, and help those close to us who may suffer from depression and other mental illness.”

According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability across the globe.

Dudley says, “studies have shown that women are two times more likely to suffer from depression than men and about 20% of South Africans will experience a depressive disorder at least once in their lifetime.”

The ACDP would like to encourage all women and men to schedule checks with health professionals or to reach out to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) for assistance.

“We should all look after our mental health and encourage others to do the same. The brain is an organ that can react to a chemical imbalance in the body and the many other pressures in our lives can cause illness. Toughing it out only makes it worse and advice and medication are available. Depression is a treatable condition and between 80% and 90% of people have a good response to treatment. There are also many support groups out there where people can freely share their worries, fears and feelings with others who are in the same situation,” Dudley says.

For more information or assistance, call SADAG on 011 2626396 or 0800-567-567 or sms 31393. SADAG is open 7 days a week from 8am - 8pm. SADAG website:

31 July 2018