Resources

NOTE: SOW is not allied with any sponsors or groups or representatives of any kind. These resources are simply a random selection of examples of what is widely available to the public and collected here for anyone that may be able to make use of them. Please know that you have someone to reach out to.

Crisis hotlines in South Africa

Helplines, crisis lines, and suicide hotlines allow you to communicate in your way and in your time. They help you to take charge and offer a channel that can free you to discuss matters that you might find too risky to share face to face.

Mental Health & Wellness RSA

The South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) is a national non-governmental organisation and was founded in 1920, originally called The South African National Council for Mental Hygiene and the Care of the Feeble-Minded. Through the years it has changed its name a number of times, eventually settling on the South African Federation for Mental Health in 1990.

International Suicide Hotlines

If you or someone you know if suicidal, call one of the numbers in the link. If someone in IMMEDIATE danger, please call your local emergency number e.g. 911 in the US.

Depending how severe your symptoms are, there are different treatment options: What to Do When You’re Thinking About Suicide.

Global Child Abuse Helplines

Seeking help or reporting child sexual exploitation or abuse can feel daunting and lonely. We are here to help connect you to the professional services nearest you to provide support. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call the local authorities. Click link for numbers.

Mindfulness & Meditation

When we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives: We lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we’re kinder to ourselves. Let us walk you through the basics in our new mindful guide on how to meditate.

Alcoholics Anonymous South Africa

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone. Click for RSA site or for international go to http://www.aa.org

Mental Health Hotlines

If you feel that you are struggling with depression, you don’t have to struggle alone. You can call The National Mental Health Hotline to speak to a professional about depression and get help with mental health resources.

EFT & Tapping

Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), is a powerful stress relief technique. Tapping is based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. 

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