South African workers battle depression, anxiety

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) believes more needs to be done to de-stigmatise mental health, especially in the work place.

According to Sadag, people in any career can suffer from mental health.

“We know that mental illness and difficulty in mental health in the workplace is a real thing and is a real challenge in South Africa.

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In fact, in a recent study done by Sadag, we found that on average more than 1 in four people suffered from mental illness”, said Sadag psychologist, Zamo Mbele.

In 2017, Sadag conducted an online survey via Survey Monkey around mental health and stigma in the workplace.

There were 499 participants, 79 percent of them women.

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“One of the things that I always advise to look out for is change, that’s the first biggest indicator that something has gone wrong.

Changes in behaviour that you might not necessarily see in the beginning, such as a person going to gym a lot more, staying in the offices a lot more and of course a really big one in SA in the increased use of substances”, added Mbele.

Sadag is encouraging people who are suffering to seek help.