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Is depression a stigma or health problem in South Africa especially in our black communities?

This is one issue that is misunderstood in most communities. Depression is said to be caused by demons some even blame witchcraft, because of these beliefs most people are not comfortable to talk about it or even seek help. According to SADAG and discovery health the lifetime prevalence of depression in South Africa is 9.7% and about 20% of South Africans will experience a depressive disorder at least once in their lifetime. There are 23 known suicides in SA every day, for every person who commits suicide 10 more attempt it. And the cost of depression in the country is 42% higher than the value contributed by the tourism industry. So you can see that depression is more of a serious issue and awareness should be made. People should be given more insights when it comes to depression since there’s no biological term in our African languages that’s why many people are not aware of it. How do you explain to someone that you are depressed its not the same thing as telling someone you have a headache that’s much better because they can relate we all suffer from a headache once in a while. 

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