Celebrating 15 years of mental health and advocacy in 2010, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group is the countrys largest and most recognised mental health initiative. As the nations leading advocacy and educational voice on mental health, SADAG has been tirelessly committed to improving the mental health and well-being of thousands of South Africans. Mental illness, and the stigma surrounding it, is a crucial issue in South Africa, and as such SADAG is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and destigmatisation of mental illness in the country. Its expertise lies in assisting patients and callers throughout South Africa with mental health queries.
SADAG is a Non-Profit Organisation, a Registered Section 21 Company with tax exemption that has on its board a powerful team of Patients, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and General Practitioners. SADAG was established fifteen years ago to serve as a support network for the thousands of South Africans who live with mental health problems; currently, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people will or do suffer from a mental illness. SADAG now runs a 16-line counselling and referral call centre, and is the voice of patient advocacy, working in urban, peri-urban, and rural communities across South Africa.