Africa Mental Health Helplines

 

If you or someone you know is struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help, also if you’re showing signs and/or symptoms of anything out of the ordinary, seek professional help from a medical team as soon as possible.

 

Here is a comprehensive list of suicide hotlines, crisis lines, and helplines from all around the world. In times of need, reach for the phone. You have nothing to lose. Every drop of kindness, care, and understanding makes a difference.

Note: All helplines, crisis lines, and suicide hotlines play an essential role in allowing people to communicate in their way and at their time. People feel a sense of control and are free to discuss matters far too risky to share face-to-face. In general, helplines, crisis lines, and suicide hotlines have three things in common:

1) They are often available to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week
2) They don’t cost you anything
3) They are confidential

Calling a helpline, crisis line, and or suicide hotline is a great way to be heard and get sound advice on how to approach your problems. When help is needed, this is an excellent place to start. Below is an extensive list of helplines, crisis lines, and suicide hotlines from all around the world. Please choose your country and call the appropriate number. Please also let me know if I have missed any services around the world as you also could be saving someone’s life.

 

Algeria
Algeria Suicide Helpline

Harare Samaritans offers emotional support to people in Algeria who are in distress or at risk of suicide. Tel: 0021 3983 2000 58

 

Angola

Angola Emergency Hotline

Angola Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Angola who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide. Tel: 113

 

Benin


Benin Emergency Hotline

Benin Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Benin who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 117

 

Centre d’écoute et d’Accompagnement CAPJ/COSI Benin Helpline

Centre d’écoute et d’Accompagnement CAPJ/COSI Benin Helpline offers a free helpline for women, including those outside the capital who are victims of violence and harassment at work.

Tel: 91 47 00 00

 

Child Violence & Abuse Helpline Benin (UNICEF Benin)

Child Violence & Abuse Helpline Benin (UNICEF Benin) offers support for children who are victims of violence and abuse.

Tel: 138

 

Botswana


Lifeline/FTMTB

Lifeline/FTMTB offers a free and confidential counselling service to the Botswana communities.
Tel: 267 7552 7590

 

Childline

Childline provides 24-hour telephone counselling and support for children in Botswana.

Tel: 116

Tel: 3900 900

 

Botswana Suicide Hotline

Botswana Suicide Hotline provides mental health support for people in Botswana who are in distress or is at risk of suicide.

Tel: 3911270/290

 

National Counselling Line

National Counselling Line offers 24-hour support for people in Botswana who are experiencing trauma, suicide, and relationship issues.

Tel: 0861 322 322

 

Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso Emergency Hotline

Burkina Faso Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Burkina Faso who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

 

Burundi

Burundi Emergency Hotline

Burundi Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Burundi who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 117

 

Human Health Aid Burundi

Human Health Aid –Burundi offers mental health care and psychosocial support for people in Burundi who are suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, and other psychosocial consequences of their war experiences.

Tel: 00257 22 23 53 78

 

Yaga Ndakumva Child Helpline

Yaga Ndakumva is a child helpline for the children of Burundi and provides services in English, French, and Kirundi. The helpline is available every Monday through Friday from 8h – 20h Saturday and Sunday from 12h – 19h.

Tel: 79916331

 

Cameroon

Cameroon Emergency Hotline

Cameroon Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Cameroon who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17117

 

Central African Republic

Central African Republic Emergency Hotline

Central African Republic Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Central African Republic who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 611253

 

Chad

Chad Emergency Hotline

Chad Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Chad who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo Emergency Hotline

Democratic Republic of the Congo Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Congo who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 112

 

Djibouti Emergency Hotline

Djibouti Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Djibouti who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

 

Egypt


Befrienders Cairo

Befrienders Cairo provides emotional support to prevent suicide throughout Cairo.
Tel: 762 2381

Parspas Hotline

Parspas Hotline offers emotional support to people in Egypt who are in distress. The line is available from 8 am – 8 pm.

Tel: 41(0) 27 321 2121

 

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Emergency Hotline

Equatorial Guinea Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Equatorial Guinea who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 114

 

Eritrea
Eritrea Emergency Hotline

Eritrea Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Eritrea who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 12-77-99


Ethiopia


Ethiopia Emergency Hotline

Ethiopia Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Ethiopia who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 997
Tel: 991

 

Gabon
Gabon Emergency Hotline

Gabon Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Gabon who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 1730

 

Gambia
Gambia Emergency Hotline

Gambia Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Gambia who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

 

National Gender-Based Violence Helpline

National Gender-Based Violence Helpline offers support to women in Gambia who are in distress, abused, or suicidal.

Tel: 1313

 

Ghana
Lifeline Ghana

Lifeline Ghana offers 24-hour counselling service to people in Ghana who are in distress or at risk of suicide. They also run a “Drop-in” service at their address.
Tel: 233 244 846 701


National Lifeline

National Lifeline provides emotional support to people in Ghana who are in distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: 2332 444 71279

 

Guinea-Bissau


Guinea-Bissau Emergency Hotline

Guinea-Bissau Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Guinea-Bissau who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 117

 

Kenya


Support Line Kenya

Support Line Kenya provides counselling and mental health support.
Tel: 254 20 3000378

 

Childline

Childline is a 24-hour toll-free helpline that supports children who are in distress or abused.

Tel: 116

 

Nacada Toll-Free Helpline

Nacada Toll-Free Helpline offers 24-hour emotional support to people in Kenya who are in distress or have any drug and substance abuse issues.

Tel: 1192

 

Gender Violence Recovery Centre

The Gender Violence Recovery Centre provides a 24-hour hotline for all genders in Kenya who are in distress or abused.

Tel: 070 966 700

Tel: 254 719 638 006

 

Lesotho

Lesotho Emergency Hotline

Lesotho Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Lesotho who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 123

 

National Child Helpline

National Child Helpline offers 24-hour counselling, support and protection services to children in Lesotho.

Tel: 800 22 345

 

Libya

Libya Emergency Hotline

Libya Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Libya who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 1515

 

‎فريق الدعم النفس اجتماعي -ليبيا – Libyan Psychosocial Support Team

Libyan Psychosocial Support Team provides mental health and psychosocial support every day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm except for Friday.

Tel: 1417

 

Madagascar


Madagascar Emergency Hotline

Madagascar Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Madagascar who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 117

 

La Ligne Verte 147

The Green Line 147 is a 24-hour free helpline for reporting and denouncing cases of mistreatment, violence, abuse and exploitation against children. The line is accessible everywhere in Madagascar. More than 50 listeners, childcare professionals, take  turns answering calls.

Tel: 147

 

Malawi

Malawi Emergency Hotline

Malawi Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Malawi who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 999
Tel: 997

 

Mali


Mali Emergency Hotline

Mali Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Mali who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

Mauritania

Mauritania Emergency Hotline

Mauritania Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Mauritania who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 117

 

Mauritius


Helpline Mauritius

Helpline Mauritius offers emotional support to people in Mauritius who are in distress or at risk of suicide.
Tel: 230 214 2451

 

Life Plus

Life Plus provides 24-hour free & confidential support and service to people across Mauritius.

Tel: 188 (landline)

Tel: 4665310 (mobile phone)

 

Befrienders Mauritius

Befrienders (Mauritius) has been working since 1995 for suicide prevention in Mauritius through a telephone helpline, face-to-face “befriending”, awareness-raising activities, and training.

Tel: 230 800 9393

 

Mozambique


Mozambique Emergency Hotline

Mozambique Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Mozambique who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 119

 

Namibia


LifeLine Namibia

LifeLine Namibia offers offers a free and confidential counselling service in Namibia communities.
Tel: (09264) 61-232-221

 

LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia

LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia offers emotional support to young people in Namibia who are in distress.

Tel: 116

 

Niger

Niger Emergency Hotline

Niger Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Niger who are in an emergency situation or are at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

 

Nigeria

24-HOUR CHILD HELPLINE

24-HOUR CHILD HELPLINE is accessible to everyone in Nigeria who needs help, advice, and information to report or prevent child sexual abuse.

Tel: 0800 800 8001

 

MANI

MANI provides suicide intervention to people in Nigeria as well as mental health first aid to callers; all of whom are subsequently referred to appropriate quarters for specialized care.
Tel: 08091116264

Suicide Hotline

Suicide Hotline provides 24-hour support to people in Nigeria who are in distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: 234 8092106493

 

Rwanda
Rwanda Emergency Hotline

Rwanda Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Rwanda who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 112

 

8015 Suicide Prevention Hotline

8015 Suicide Prevention Hotline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in emotional distress or those having a suicidal crisis. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tel: 8015

 

Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe Emergency Hotline

Sao Tome and Principe Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Sao Tome and Principe who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 22-22-22

 

Senegal

Senegal Emergency Hotline

Senegal Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Senegal who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 17

 

Seychelles


Seychelles Emergency Hotline

Seychelles Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Seychelles who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 999

 

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Emergency Hotline

Sierra Leone Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Sierra Leone who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 19

 

Somalia

Somalia Emergency Hotline

Somalia Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Somalia who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 888

 

South Africa

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline offers emotional support to people in South Africa who are in distress or at risk of suicide.
Tel: 0800 70 80 90

Akeso Crisis Helpline

Akeso Crisis Helpline’s 24-hour service provides assistance to anyone requiring emergency psychiatric assistance, crisis containment, or information about mental health and mental health services in South Africa.

Tel: 0861 435 787

Befrienders Bloemfontein

Befrienders offers 24-hour emotional support, via the crisis line and e-mail, to people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Face-to-face counselling services are available to callers with access to Bloemfontein.
Tel: 27 (0) 51 444 5000

Befrienders Botshabelo

Befrienders Botshabelo offers free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone who experiences emotional distress: thoughts of suicide; depression; isolation; helplessness; hopelessness.

Tel: + 27 (0) 51 532 1100

Befrienders Setshabelo

Befrienders Setshabelo offers free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone who experiences emotional distress: thoughts of suicide; depression; isolation; helplessness; hopelessness.

Tel: +27 051 437 9280

Befrienders Kwa Nobuhle

Befrienders Kwa Nobuhle offers free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone who experiences emotional distress: thoughts of suicide; depression; isolation; helplessness; hopelessness.

Tel: +27 (0) 41 977 3003

Befrienders Mitchell’s Plain

Befrienders Mitchell’s Plain offers free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone who experiences emotional distress: thoughts of suicide; depression; isolation; helplessness; hopelessness.

Tel: +27 (0) 21 371 1481

Befrienders Uitenhage

Befrienders Uitenhage offers free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone who experiences emotional distress: thoughts of suicide; depression; isolation; helplessness; hopelessness.

Tel: +27 (0) 41 922 0068

 

Befrienders Umkomaas

Befrienders Umkomaas offers free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone who experiences emotional distress: thoughts of suicide; depression; isolation; helplessness; hopelessness.

Tel: +27 (0) 39 979 5741

ChaiFM Helpline

The ChaiFM Helpline offers a 24-hour helpline for people facing emotional distress and personal difficulties throughout South Africa. They also offer a referral service in instances where further intervention or face to face help may is required.

Tel: 0800 24 24 36

ChildLine South Africa

ChildLine provides a 24-hour toll-free helpline and supportive therapeutic social services for children who have been victims of violence, and their families.

Tel: 116

Cipla 24hr Mental Health Helpline

Cipla 24hr Mental Health Helpline offers free counselling support to people in South Africa who are in distress or at risk of suicide.
Tel: 0800 456 789

Dr Reddy’s Help Line

Dr Reddy’s Help Line offers emotional support o people in South Africa who are in distress or at risk of suicide.
Tel: 0800 21 22 23

Lifeline Johannesburg

Lifeline Johannesburg offers 24-hour service to people in Alexandra, Norwood, and Soweto to address the psychological and social stresses and trauma that they are struggling to deal with.

Tel: 0861 322 322

Tel: 011 728 1347

SADAG Suicide Prevention Line

South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s Suicide Prevention Line offers 24-hour support to people in South Africa who are at risk of suicide.
Tel: 0800 567 567

South Africa Suicide Crisis Helpline

South Africa Suicide Crisis Helpline offers 24-hour support to people in South Africa who are in distress or at risk of suicide.
Tel: 0800 21 22 23
Tel: 0800 12 13 14

MOBIEG

MOBIEGG provides free anonymous text-based counselling & help to those in need. Online Times: Sundays: 18h00-20h00 , Mondays to Thursdays: 19h00-21h00 (Timezone: GMT +2:00 / SAST)

Live chat helpline: https://www.mobieg.co.za/help/

Tears Foundation

Tears Foundation provides assistance nationwide with a 24-hour free SMS service to anyone who is a victim of rape and sexual abuse in South Africa.

Tel: *134*7355# / 010 590 5920

Email: [email protected]

Careline

Careline provides 24-hour crisis support to people in South Africa who are in distress.

Tel: 082 787 6452

Tel: 082 822 7981

Suicide Hotline

Suicide Hotline provides crisis support to people in South Africa who are at risk of suicide.

Tel: 514445691

South Sudan

South Sudan Emergency Hotline

South Sudan Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout South Sudan who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 999


Sudan

Befrienders Khartoum

Befrienders Khartoum offers emotional support to people in Sudan.
Tel: (249) 11-555-253

 

Tanzania

Tanzania Emergency Hotline

Tanzania Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Tanzania who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 112
Tel: 999

Togo

VisionTogo (VTG)

VisionTogo (VTG) provides counselling and mental health support to people in Togo.
Tel: (228) 90 92 22 22

 

La Croix Bleue du Togo

La Croix Bleue du Togo provides 24-hour emotional support to people across Togo.

Tel: 80 00 95 95

 

Trinidad & Tobago


Lifeline

Lifeline offers 24-hour telephone service and outreach to those at high risk, strengthening families and communities in Trinidad & Tobago.
Tel: 800-5588

 

Lifeline Trinidad and Tobago (Suicide) Hotline

Lifeline Trinidad and Tobago (Suicide) Hotline provides crisis support to people across Trinidad & Tobago who are in distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: (868) 645 2800

Tel: (868) 645 6616

 

Tunisia

Tunisia Emergency Hotline

Tunisia Emergency Hotline offers 24-hour service to people throughout Tunisia who are in an emergency situation or is at risk of suicide.
Tel: 197

Uganda


Befriender Uganda

Befriender Uganda offers emotional support to people in Uganda who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Tel: 800200450

Mental Health Uganda

Mental Health Uganda provides emotional support to people in Uganda. who are in distress or at risk of suicide. The line is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Tel: 800212121

 

Zambia

Lifeline/Childline Zambia

Lifeline/Childline Zambia offers 24/7 counselling to children in need of psycho-social support and referral services in Zambia.
Tel: 933

 

Zimbabwe


Harare Samaritans

Harare Samaritans offers 24-hour mental health services to people in Zimbabwe who are in distress or at risk of suicide.
Tel: 080 12 333 333

Tel: (4) 726 468

Tel: (4) 722 000

Samaritans – Bulawayo

Samaritans – Bulawayo offers 24-hour emotional support to people across Zimbabwe who are in distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: (9) 650 00 24

The Samaritans – MUTARE

The Samaritans – MUTARE offers 24-hour emotional support to people across Zimbabwe who are in distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: (20) 635 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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