The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has highlighted the importance of taking care of one’s mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

SADAG’s Operations Director Cassey Chambers says the effects of the pandemic have caused increased anxiety in the public. She says in 2020 their call center received over 90 000 calls on the suicide helpline.

SADAG says before the pandemic they received 600 calls a day and after the outbreak, those numbers doubled.

Chambers says anxiety, fear over job losses, finances and relationships have been some of the problems many South Africans are facing during this time.

She says mental health is the second pandemic after COVID-19: