World Mental Health Day

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Word Mental Health Day, is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

We thought we would share a list of free South African support/counselling platforms and resources doing incredible work in our local community.

Childline South Africa is a non-profit organisation which works to protect children from violence and further the culture of children's rights in South Africa. Childline runs a national, 24-hour, toll-free telephone counselling service for children and adults, handling over 1 million calls annually. In addition to the Crisis Line telephone counseling service, Childline also offers services such as online counseling, training programs for continuous professional development, training on court preparation, and workshops on child law. For more info on the work they do visit there website page: National Crisisline – 08 000 55 555. Free on all networks Childline South Africa

LifeLine was established in 1970. This was out of a need for community members to have access to a 24-hour telephonic service that can assist them to address the psychological and social stresses and trauma that they are struggling to deal with. For more info on the work they do visit there website page:

National Counselling Line - 0861 322 322

LifeLine South Africa

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

"Mental illness, and the stigma surrounding it, is a critical issue in South Africa. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and destigmatisation of mental illness in the country. Its expertise lies in assisting patients and callers throughout South Africa with mental health queries. SADAG was established twenty years ago to serve as a support network for the thousands of South Africans who live with mental health problems. Currently, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people will, or do, suffer from a mental illness. SADAG manages a 16-line counselling-and-referral call centre, and is the voice of patient advocacy, working in urban, peri-urban, and the most rural communities across South Africa". - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group. For more info on the work they do visit there website page: Hotline: 0800 20 50 26 (Trauma); 0800 567 567 (Suicide line) The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

The Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC)

"The Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC) was established in 1944 as the Johannesburg Child Guidance Clinic to provide counselling and guidance for parents and children with emotional and developmental needs. For the past sixty-four years the service has gone from strength to strength, and now operates under the name of the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre. Our services extend throughout Gauteng and we operate from premises in Soweto and Parktown.

In line with modern Child and Family Care Philosophy and the Children's Act of South Africa, the strengthening and preservation of family life is the focus of our services to the community. Early detection of and intervention into challenges experienced by children and their families is vital to build capacity in families and communities.

​We deal with issues such as the psycho-social impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty on children and their families, bereavement, divorce, separation, custody conflicts, marital problems, bereavement, unemployment, depression, anxiety, work-related problems and other psycho-social and emotional difficulties". - The Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC). For more info on the work they do visit there website page: Tel.: 011 484-1734 Johannesburg Parent & Child Counselling Centre - JPCCC

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