Mental health issues are more common than we think. A big part of this is that people don’t know where to go for help because the general assumption is that getting help is expensive. That’s why we’d like to share some free mental health resources with you.

LifeLine (Johannesburg and Western Cape)

If you’d like to receive counselling over the phone, then Life Line is definitely a great, free and telephonic counselling option to explore. Contact their 24/7 National Toll Free Counselling line on 0861 322 322.

LifeLine has centres in Alexandra, Norwood and Soweto, if you’d like to schedule a face-to-face session. They’re also available in the Western Cape and on WhatsApp, on this number: 063 709 2620.

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

SADAG is a well-known organisation that prioritises helping people who are struggling with mental illness. They’re a phone call away and always ready to give you the counselling you need from 08:00 to 20:00, and a 24-hour option for emergencies. To contact them from 08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Sunday, call 011 234 4837 For a suicide related emergency, contact them on 0800 567 567 For their 24hr Helpline, call 0800 456 789

Revive Counselling Centre

If you’re in the Eastern Cape, then Revive may be a good option for you. It’s a non-profit organisation that provides free counselling for those who struggle with anxiety, depression and overcoming trauma. Booking an appointment for any day of the week should secure your spot, or make use of the centre’s open day (Wednesday) from 08:00 to 15:00 to get help without an appointment.

Hope House Counselling Centre

Hope House is a Christian organisation that focuses on providing help through free online and face-to-face therapy sessions for people dealing with trauma and any other issues that contribute to mental illness.

On-campus support

If you’re currently a varsity student, your campus should have free support to help you cope with mental health issues. It’s important to do some research by accessing your school’s website or asking around campus to find out what kind of options are available to you.

Getting help for your mental health can be quite expensive, but luckily, there are ways to do it that won’t cost you a thing. You can also contact us on Ask CellCgirl for free, confidential advice. We’re here if you ever need to chat about anything that’s on your mind.

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