Emergency Helplines you can call
As you know Choma, I won’t be available to answer all your questions during the holiday period. But I can’t simply leave you hanging so I’ve put together a list of emergency helplines for your time of need. With the festive season being so busy, it’s always better to have a list of helplines you can call should you need any sort of help during a difficult situation.
Here’s a list of all the numbers you can call for different scenarios.
If you or loved one would like to report any form of abuse, contact these numbers:
POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse): 011 642 4345/6
Stop Gender Violence helpline: 0800-150-150
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: 021 447 9762/ 021 447 1467
Helpline for victims of Gender-Based Violence - 0800 428 428
National Emergency Response: 10111
Alternatively, you can dial *134*403# to report woman and child abuse and *134*7355# to get support for victims of rape and sexual assault.
For help with substance and alcohol abuse, call these numbers:
Narcotics Anonymous - 083 900 69 62
Alcoholics Anonymous - 0861 435 722
If you're feeling down, depressed or anxious and need urgent advice you can contact the following numbers:
SADAG 24 hour helpline on - 011 234 4837
Lifeline 24 Hour Counselling - 011 422 4242 or 0861 322 322
Suicide Crisis Line - 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393
For other emergencies, you can call the following helplines on:
Ambulance response - 10177
Cell phone emergency - 112
As you know, staying safe during the festive season is important, so here are two important apps that you should have on your phone for emergencies:
Remember, you can still contact me again for advice or help after the holidays. If you have a question you want to ask that you don’t mind me responding to in the New Year, contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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