The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has trained about 20 traditional healers on subjects such as mental illness, depression and suicide.
SADAG says 72 percent of black South Africans consult traditional healers before seeing medical doctors for conditions such as schizophrenia and HIV and AIDS.
“If traditional healers understand mental illness it will be easier for them to refer their patients to doctors or counsellors,” says SADAG manager, Lefate Makunyane.
The traditional healers received a certificate and an innovative education book with 16 key messages on HIV, nutrition, suicide, treatment, and the contact numbers of institutions where the healers and their patients could find more help.
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