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Suicide Crisis Helpline
0800 567 567

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline
0800 12 13 14
SMS 32312

Cipla Mental Health Helpline
0800 456 789
SMS 31393

NPOwer SA Helpline
0800 515 515
SMS 43010

Healthcare Workers Care Network Helpline
0800 21 21 21
SMS 43001

UFS #Fair Kitchens Chefs Helpline
0800 006 333

8AM-8PM TOLL-FREE HELPLINES

Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline
0800 21 22 23

Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90

ADHD Helpline
0800 55 44 33

Pharma Dynamics Police & Trauma Helpline
0800 20 50 26

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SADAG
011 234 4837

Counselling Queries
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Cipla Mental Health
076 882 2775

Maybelline BraveTogether
087 163 2030

Ke Moja Substance Abuse
087 163 2025

Have Hope Chat Line
087 163 2050

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Jeremiah has a passion for helping people. He volunteered at the Family and Marriage Association of South Africa (FAMSA) before getting into contact with SADAG because he wanted to start a support group in Potchestroom. “There was no facilities or social workers in the area for people with a mental illness. People were coming to me for help so I started a support group because I wanted to provide support and guidance to those in need,” says Jeremiah. “In the group, people feel they are not alone and it gives them hope in their struggle.”

Jeremiah has been running his Depression and HIV/AIDS support group since 2003. He says,"It was not difficult to start my group. I got stories in the newspaper and on the radio and explained to people that they need to understand why support groups help."The group initially held two meetings a month in the Potchestroom community hall Library . Yet due to increasing demand, the group now has a meeting once a week on a Thursday with up to 35 people attending. Jeremiah says, “Most of the people who attend my group are depressed due to financial issues and poverty.”

"My group helps people to recover from Depression because it provides them with information and pamphlets, support and encouragement. I tell the group that they must be strong and keep busy by getting involved in the community," says Jeremiah. "I also invite guest speakers such as local priests and doctors to come and speak to the group." He continues to say that sometimes people at the group experience conflict at home and come and speak to him. He helps them by working out a program(ie:conflict resolution) and explains how it works and encourages them to do it every week.

“Running the support group has definitely helped me as a person. Before I started the group, I had no self-confidence. Now I am a strong person, I have gained a lot of skills and I am good at helping people solving their problems,” says Jeremiah.

Despite the success of the group, there is still a big demand for more support groups in the area as some people cannot get transport to Jeremiah’s group. Some of the people that attend Jeromiah's group live as far as 45km away. “ People who want to help with the support group have approached me. So for the future I hope to help start more support groups in the surrounding areas.”

 

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