But with 1 in 6 South Africans suffering from anxiety, depression or substance-use problems (according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group SADAG), it’s high time we acknowledged that our mental and physical health are inextricably linked
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Good mental health means that we can reach our full potential, work productively and make meaningful contributions to our communities. For these reasons, mental health is important at every stage of our lives, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood.
It’s clear that if we don’t take care of our mental wellbeing, our physical wellbeing will suffer. But how do we know that our mental health is under strain? Here are some early warning signs to look out for, in yourself or in family members, colleagues or friends:
With so many people suffering from a mental health condition, you may be wondering which factors contribute to them. Here are some:
Due to various global factors, mental health problems are becoming increasingly more prevalent. Besides things like getting enough sleep, keeping physically active, and connecting with others, the most important way to maintain positive mental health is to get help when you need it.
SADAG Mental Health Line:
011 234 4837 or 0800 4567 789
WhatsApp 076 88 22 775
For suicidal Emergency 0800 567 567
Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students: 0800 41 42 43
Substance Abuse Line: 0800 12 13 14 or SMS 32312
Find a support group in your: 0800 21 22 23
We need to start normalising mental illness and we can do this by having more conversations about it - stopping the stigma. For this reason, Sasfin will be sending out a series of newsletters this year all around mental health, to help raise awareness, disseminate resources and increase accessibility to treatment.
If you want help understanding the mental health benefits offered through your medical scheme, please contact your Sasfin Consultant today.