Mental Health Crisis Lines/Alcohol & Drug Abuse and Mental Health Support Groups Across Africa (in Alphabetical Order)

July 01, 2018

For the longest time I ran My Mind My Funk, a mental health information and support hub that ran Kenya's first mental health support line and provided loads of information and linkages to people in Africa - I know spend my time, developing the next generation of mental health champions at The Mental Health Academy - but still get requests to hook people up with service providers. Below is a list of mental health crisis lines and support groups across Africa (countries listed in alphabetical order)

If you run a service or know of one that is not on the list, comment below and I will update the list.


DR Congo

  • Lifeline Ghana – +233244846701 or +2332 444 71279 (regular call charges apply) is a 24/7 suicide prevention counselling telephone line
  • Mental Health Authority Ghana – 050 991 4046 and 020 681 4666 dedicated lines for persons in need of psychological help or contemplating suicide.

  • 116 (toll free) for child abuse
  • 1195 by HAK (toll free) works on Gender Based Violence and related issues, borrowing from my personal journey these issues can lead to psychological trauma if felt unchecked. 
  • Alcoholic Anonymous meetings in Nairobi
  • Befrienders Kenya +254736542304 +254722178177 (regular call charges apply) Formerly Samaritans offer free listening services to people who are in crisis and/or suicidal.
  • Niskize -‎ ‎0900620800 (Ksh 7 per minute) is a 24 hour counselling call centre that deals with relationship/marriage issues, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression.
  • One2One by LCVT – 0800720121 (toll free) works on HIV related issues among young people including the psychological effects of those issues.
  • Postpartum Depression Kenya –  0733 424361 aims to create awareness and reduce the stigma linked to Postpartum Depression (PPD) and other perinatal mood disorders through bimonthly tweetchats and support groups.

  • To get psychologists, use this site that groups them into regions 
  • For suicide crisis line, use the numbers on the flyer below

  • MANI Distress Lifelines – 08060101157, 08136770508, 08093565520

South Africa
  • Lifeline South Africa – 0861 322 322 (toll-free) works 24/7 dealing with trauma, suicide and other psychological issues. 
  • Crisis Team – +27 83 256 5993 is a 24 hour support service for those with suicidal thoughts and feelings, the bereavement of the loss of a loved one to suicide and other traumas. 
  • South African Depression & Anxiety Group(SADAG) - +27 11 2344 837

  • Befrienders Uganda – 0800200450 runs a crisis intervention center at Mulago national referral hospital. 

  • Samaritans Bulawayo – +263965000 offers face to face counselling (walk ins and appointments) 

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