Healthcare workers are exhausted, stressed, and at high risk for physical and mental illness as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll in South Africa. Top South African medical, clinical, and professional associations are collaborating to bring much much-needed support and care to healthcare workers across the country. The following organisations provide mental health support to health care workers and communities
The Healthcare Workers Care Network (HWCN) is a nationwide healthcare worker support network which offers all healthcare workers across the public and private sectors free support, pro bono therapy, resources, training and psychoeducation. The HWCN already has over 500 volunteer mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, registered counsellors, and social workers, who will provide help, intervention, and support to all healthcare workers. These include doctors, nurses, community healthcare workers, field workers, hospital or clinic personnel, including hospital laundry staff, and porters.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is a Non-profit organisation that can give support for various challenges. They offer support groups as well as free telephonic counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their mental health helpline is 011 234 4837
Families South Africa (FAMSA) focuses on a healthy functional family life which is a national priority. They are committed to promoting family well being. They empower people to build, reconstruct and maintain sound relationships, in the family, in marriage and in the communities. FAMSA achieves this through a basket of services utilising their network of 28 affiliate offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa.
Lifeline is designed to offer frontline workers and the community counselling support. Contact the organisation through WhatsApp on 065 989 9238