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Crisis Support – South Africa

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Below we have detailed a list of mental health crisis services and support lines for South Africa, that you can contact. We have also listed other South African charities and organisations that specialise in mental health in which you may find useful.

There are three main South African emergency numbers. 10177 can be used to call an ambulance, 112 can be used to call from a cell phone and 10111 is the national number for all services.

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) Tel: 011 234 4837
Suicidal emergency number Tel: 0800567567
24 hr helpline Tel: 0800121314

Life Line South Africa Tel: 0861-322-322

SA Federation for mental health

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline. Tel: 0800 70 80 90

ADHD Helpline. Tel: 0800 55 44 33

Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour. Tel: 0861 435 787

Suicide Crisis Line. Tel: 0800 567 567
SMS 31393

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and destigmatisation of mental illness in the country.

Tel: 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further.

Telephone lines are open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm.

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