How to deal with depression and loneliness this festive season

Being surrounded by dark walls, all alone during the festive season can have consequences, cautions South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag).

Sadag operations manager, Tracy Feinstein, says calls continue to increase in Sadag crisis centre during festive season.

She says people should reach out and connect with their loved ones at this time of year.

If you don't want to be with family members, maybe you can try a neighbor or friend.

Tracy Feinstein, Sadag operations manager

Our actions need to be more than just words at this time of the year. Reach out to people.

Tracy Feinstein, Sadag operations manager

Anybody who sees a loved one playing out behaviour changes - isolation, being very sad, changes in eating, sleeping patterns, must talk to that person. Don't offer them a diagnosis, but say to them 'I'm concerned about you'.

Tracy Feinstein, Sadag operations manager

Feinstein says people can contact Sadag when they feel depressed.

Listen to the audio below to hear how you can be in touch with Sadag...

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