For many people the festive season is not a time of celebration, but a time of anxiety and emotional vulnerability. The good news is that help is just a phone-call away
While December is usually a month of celebration, the festive season is in fact not a joyful, relaxing experience for everyone. For various reasons, many people – especially those who are emotionally vulnerable or have problems with their mental health – find it a very stressful and lonely time.
The good news is there is no need to struggle alone, as help is available. We have compiled a list of helplines that you or someone close to you can call when it seems as though the pressures of the season are becoming overwhelming.
These helplines offer immediate access to confidential, free and anonymous support and advice, so print out and keep the phone numbers or save them on your phone for easy access.
Remember, no-one needs to suffer in silence – help is at hand!
SADAG Mental Health Line
011 234 4837
SADAG Suicide Crisis Line
0800 567 567
Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students
0800 41 42 43
The Department of Social Development’s 24-hour Substance Abuse Helpline
0800 12 13 14
Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90
Pharmadynamics Police & Trauma Line
0800 20 50 26
Akeso Psychiatric Hospitals 24-hour emergency response unit
0861 435 787
0800 55 44 33