Mental Health Support

Although the general perception of mental illness has improved over the years. Studies that have been conducted show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful. Mostly, due to media stereotypes and lack of education, and that people tend to attach negative stigmas to mental health conditions at a far higher rate than to other diseases. Just because there is no physical wound does not mean the impact is not deep. Stigma affects not only the number seeking treatment but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Below are some Mental health Support contacts in South Africa.

South African National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (SANCA)

SANCA partners with the government to provide access to subsidised in-house and community-based rehabilitation services for those battling drug and alcohol addictions.

For more information, please visit the SANCA website

Thuthuzela Care Centres

For medical care, support and legal help following a sexual assault, contact your nearest Thuthuzela Care Centre.

Rape Crisis Centre

Based in Cape Town, the centre offers counselling and court support for rape survivors 13 years and older. You can call the centre’s hotline 24 hours a day or visit their website.

Contact: 021 447 9762

National Counselling Lines

Operating around the clock, Lifeline allows callers to discuss a range of challenges from trauma and suicide, to relationship issues. Alternatively, visit a Lifeline centre near you.

Contact: 0861 322 322

Children and teenagers under the age of 17 years old can also call Childline.

Contact: 0800 055 555

Alcoholics Anonymous

The national branch of the international organisation provides counselling, education and support groups for people battling alcohol addiction.

Contact: 0861 435 722

Gender-based Violence Line

The 24-hour hotline offers to counsel those who have been physically, emotionally, sexually or financially abused. You can also visit your nearest Lifeline centre.

Contact: 0800 012 322 or 0800 150 150

AIDS Helpline

The 24-hour hotline provides information on HIV testing, treatment, care and prevention.

Contact: 0800 012 322

Diabetes South Africa

This non-profit organisation provides health education and workshops, as well as dietary plans and support groups for people living with diabetes and their families.

Contact: 086 111 3913

South African Depression and Anxiety Group

This mental health support organisation run a toll-free counselling line between 8 am and 8 pm for patients and families dealing with mental illness, and those who may be at risk of suicide.

Contact: 0800 567 567

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Epilepsy South Africa

The non-profit organisation provides education, counselling and support for those living with epilepsy and their families.

Contact: 0860 374 537

Mental Health Support Contact List

Mental Health Support Contact List