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Getting help

Where to get help

Seeking help is the first step to managing when we are struggling to cope.

Make sure you get help from the right place, especially when getting information or help online or through social media.
Ask yourself:
1. Where is this information coming from?
2. Is the person giving me this advice qualified to do so?

Just because they are a celebrity or someone you admire doesn’t always mean they are the best person to be giving this advice. It is good to talk to someone you trust, at your workplace, place of worship or in your family. But that is the first step. The next is getting information and help from people who are trained in mental health care and support, like Health Care Professionals, or counsellors.

Find Mental Services Near You

Trusted helplines

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Counselling Line: 0861 322 322
AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
Gender based violence: 0800150150

Helpdesk: +27 (0) 11 718 1852
Operating hours:
 Mon-Thur : 07:30- 16:00pm 
 Friday : 07:30am- 13:00pm 
  Closed on weekend. 

To Contact A Counsellor Between 8am-8pm Monday To Sunday,
Call: 011 234 4837
For A Suicidal Emergency Contact 0800 567 567
24hr Helpline 0800 456 789

Helpline 24X7 on 116 (free from all networks)
Visit the Online Counselling chatrooms (a D/deaf Friendly Service) Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm & 2-6pm to chat to a counsellor

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For more information on looking after your mental health, managing mental illness and common mental disorders go to

Vimbo app

There are quite a number of apps that can help you with your mental health. We have reviewed the Vimbo app, and we recommend it. Although it does cost some money to subscribe, you can get a week’s free trial to check it out first.

Read more here