South African Depression and Anxiety Group

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South African Depression and Anxiety Group
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Abbreviation SADAG
Established 1994 [1]
Founder Zane Wilson
Founded at Johannesburg, South Africa
Type Non-Proft Organisation
Focus Mental Health
Headquarters Catherine St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
South Africa
Zane Wilson
Dr. Frans A Korb
Dr. Colinda Line
Nkini Phasha
Kevin Bolan
Zamo Mbele
Dr. Dora Wynchank
Dr. Jan Chabalala
100 (2010) [2]

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa's largest mental health support and advocacy group[3] and is committed to quality counseling, outreach and capacity building work throughout South Africa.[4] Since 1997, SADAG has initiated rural development projects in communities where there are little or no mental health care services available. These programs have been recognized and endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)[5]

"Speaking Books" is a project developed by SADAG in an attempt to raise awareness and help alleviate the pandemics of AIDS, Malaria and TB in South Africa. The "Speaking Books" offer a combination of written text and short audio messages. The voices used are those of local celebrities, singers, musicians and sportsmen. While "Speaking Books" are a relatively novel form of approaching people, they have the potential to become effective tools in spreading critical health information to disadvantaged or difficult to reach communities.[6]


  1. ^ Webb-Robins, Lisa M.; Wilson, Zane (2008). "Analysis of HIV Caregivers in South Africa: A South African Depression and Anxiety Group". Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 17 (3-4): 49. doi:10.1080/10911350802067765. 
  2. ^ Shamos, Janine (September 2010). "SADAG - SA's most influential mental health NGO". African Journal of Psychiatry: 327. 
  3. ^ Chambers, Cassey. "South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG) member group on Risingchild". Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  4. ^ "South African Depression & Anxiety Group". Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Full Evaluation of the South African Depression & Anxiety Group’s (SADAG) "Suicide Shouldn’t Be a Secret" Program using "Speaking Books", Books of Hope
  6. ^ "A novel intervention for HIV & AIDS: Books of Hope ‘give voice’ to new HIV & AIDS prevention initiatives". 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2011-12-03.