South African Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorders Alliance

What SABDA Provides

The support provided by SABDA falls into the following categories:

- Advice, sharing and support for Carers and Clients.
- Therapeutic activities and support for Clients.
- Information on resources/facilities.
- Education and information sharing.

Advice, Sharing and Support

SABDA provides Carers and Clients with the opportunity to seek advice and share experiences with Health Care Professionals, the Committee and SABDA members. The means used to achieve this include:

 Telephone support/information, available on the following helplines:

(011) 326 0661 Office
(011) 268 1166 Ron

Referrals to other support groups or organisations better equipped (or situated) to assist the caller.
Monthly meetings.
An informative monthly newsletter and up-to date news on-line, with details of meetings, interesting developments and other relevant activities.
Access to the SABDA Library (members only).
Ongoing liaison with other organisations, groups and individuals in order to update our resource files for the benefit of Carers and Clients.

Therapeutic Activities for Clients

SABDA recognises the critical importance of therapeutic activities and skills development. To this end:

The following Therapueutic/Social groups are held.

Monday - Ballet - 18:00 - 19:00 - Contact Sue (076) 886-9523
Tuesday - Therapeutic/art session - 09:30 -12:00
Wednesday - Therapeutic/income-generating activities 09:30 - 12:00

Donations of materials, equipment and jumble are gratefully received to help cover costs.

Assisted Accommodation

SABDA has a community-based house for 8 men and women whose symptoms have stabilised. Residents are involved in running their home and have allocated duties, including preparing, cooking and serving the evening meal.

Some of the residents go out to work and have their own transport.
Applicants are required to provide SABDA with up to date reports from relevant Mental Health Care Practitioners.
Mary-Anne Dobrovic manages the house, for more information contact her on (011) 326 0661

Community Education and Information Sharing

Our committee and members give talks, participate in workshops and meet with members of the community (business, schools, groups or individuals) requiring information or wanting to become involved in mental health projects.