Free Telephone Counseling Hotlines in South Africa

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      • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
        • Pharmadynamics Police and Trauma Line

          (0800) 20 50 26

          For abuse trafficking reports and drug related crimes.
        • Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline

          (0800) 12 13 14

          For alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation and helpline.
        • Alcoholics Anonymous South Africa

          0861 HELPAA (435 722)

          Worldwide fellowship for alcoholics supporting those choosing to be sober. Only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
        • Al-Anon

          0861 ALANON (25 26 66)

          Al-Anon Family Groups is for the families and friends of problem drinkers, with a special section – Alateen – for children of alchoholics, and a group for adult children of alcoholics.
        • SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

          08611 REHAB (73422)

          Sanca provides specialised and affordable prevention and treatment services for alcohol and other drug dependence. A national body established in 1956, it has independently operated societies and counselling centres in all nine provinces.
        • Unhooked

          (081) 456 3945

          We are a Christian Based Non-Profit Substance Abuse Recovery Organisation focusing on Outpatient Treatment , Addiction Counselling , Substance abuse prevention and Intervention .We believe that recovery is possible. Not only do we offer a very good Outpatient Program , we also help families in finding the best suitable treatment option for their loved ones. We make the families part of the recovery process and offer Family Education Sessions as well as Family Support Groups.
        • Narcotics Anonymous SA

          ( 0881) 30 03 27

          NA is a non-profit organisation for recovering drug addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.


      • Domestic Violence / Sexual Violence
        • People Opposed to Woman Abuse (Powa)

          (083) 765 1235

          Gauteng-based organisation offering shelter and counselling services to women in abusive relationships, rape survivors, survivors of incest etc.

          POWA is a “feminist, women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy in order to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life”.
        • Rape Crisis

          (021) 447 9762 (Observatory)

          (021) 633 9229 (Athlone)

          (021) 361 9085 (Khayalitsha)


          Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust works to prevent rape, offers healing to survivors, and works towards legal reforms that will ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Services include counselling, court preparation, support groups, important contact numbers. Non-governmental organisation.
        • Stop Women Abuse

          0 (800) 150 150

          Crisis counselling for women who have been raped or abused, advice and support for people wanting to support women in need of help, legal and other options available for abused women and rape survivors. Run by Life Line.
      • Eating Disorders
        • Imani

          27 (0) 21 761 0740

          Imani offers a full continuum of care necessary to complete the recovery process. While the behaviours differ, the underlying feelings of desperation, powerlessness and suffering are universal.

          At Imani we firstly deal with the clients destructive behaviours surrounding their illness and then guide them in processing the reasons for this behaviour. We work through a therapeutic community where individuals are part of a group with similar struggles. Through mutual support and shared experience, a healing atmosphere permeates the facility even outside structured therapy sessions. 
        • Eating Disorders South Africa

          (27) 12 338 2543

          Eating Disorders South Africa (EDSA) hosts weekly support groups for individuals over the age of 18 who are struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. These free meetings take place every Wednesday from 17:30 to 19:00 at Denmar Psychiatric Hospital.
        • Twin Rivers

          27 (0)82 863 3159

          Twin Rivers recognises these conditions and seeks to help those who battle with their eating habits. You may contact our 24/7 hotline for assistance.
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      • Gay & Lesbian National / GLBTQ
        • Gender-based Violence Line

          (0800) 012 322

          The 24-hour hotline offers counselling for those who have been physically, emotionally, sexually or financially abused. You can also visit your nearest Lifeline centre.
        • Lifeline South Africa

          (0861)322 322

          24-hour crisis intervention service. “Emotional First Aid station”.
        • Gay Lesbian Support - South Africa

          0860 33 33 31

          SMS 079 891 3036

          You only pay for half the cost of the call. Send us an SMS message and a trained counselor will call you back.

          Monday to Friday: 4pm to 10pm & Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 10pm
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        • ADHD Helpline

          (0800) 55 44 33

          The 24-hour hotline offers counselling for those who are suffering from ADHD or would like to know more in order to help others.
        • SADAG Mental Health Line

          (011) 234 4837

          SADAG is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group.
        • Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour

          0861 HELP US (4357 87)

          The hotline is manned by experienced counselling staff, who are trained to contain and manage the immediate crisis, provide transportation and arrange the required admission to the nearest Psychiatric Clinic, if so required.

          If the caller is in crisis, the intervention vehicle is dispatched, but if it is not an emergency, the caller is transferred to a registered counsellor for counselling and an appropriate referral.
        • Epilepsy South Africa

          (0860) 374 537

          The non-profit organisation provides education, counselling and support for those living with epilepsy and their families.
        • Diabetes South Africa

          (086) 111 3913

          The non-profit organisation provides health education and workshops, as well as dietary plans and support groups for people living with diabetes and their families.
        • ADHD Life Helpline

          (086) 111 3913

          The Life Helpline offers facilitation to clients on various matters: for example age-related & relationship problems, general information about legal, social, psychological and health problems and well-being. Our clients mobile phone users, but they do include people from the very margins of society.