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NGO's & NPO's supported by Shout

Life Line

24-hour crisis intervention service. "Emotional First Aid station". Free, confidential telephone counselling, rape counselling, trauma counselling, Aids counselling, and a range of other services. Not-for-profit organisation.

Directory of Life Line centres and programmes

Children in Crisis

Child Line

Assistance from trained counsellors for abused children, young people and their families. Not-for-profit organisation. 24-hour toll-free helpline: 0800 055 555

SA National Council for Child Welfare

The co-ordinating body for 177 affiliated child welfare societies, organisations and community outreach projects.

Telephone: 011 339 5741

Johannesburg Child Welfare Society

Services Johannesburg and broader community and offers services to abandoned, abused and neglected children. Also facilitates adoption and foster care.

Telephone: 011 331 0171

Police Child Protection Units

Special police units that investigate violent crimes against children and offer specialised services to child victims of crime. There are 45 such units around the country.

Woman in Crisis

People Opposed to Woman Abuse (POWA)

Gauteng-based organisation offering shelter and counselling services to women in abusive relationships, rape survivors, survivors of incest etc.

Telephone: 011 642 4345

Stop Woman Abuse

Crisis counselling for women who have been raped or abused, advice and support for people wanting to support women in need of help. Legal and other options available for abused women and rape survivors. Run by Life Line.

Telephone: 0800 150 150

Speak Out

Rape emergency information, services, advice, links. Non-governmental organisation.


Rape Crisis

Rape crisis counselling, court preparation, support groups, important contact numbers. Non-governmental organisation.


Alcohol & Drug Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous SA

Worldwide fellowship for alcoholics supporting those choosing to be sober. Only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Johannesburg, 011 436 0116
Cape Town, 021 592 5047
National website, Johannesburg/West Rand website, Cape Town & Western Cape website


For families and friends of problem drinkers, with a special section (Alateen) for children of alcoholics, as well as for adult children of alcoholics.

Telephone: 021 591 6847
E-mail: Website:

Narcotics Anonymous SA

NA is a non-profit organisation for recovering drug addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Cape Town helpline: 0881 30 03 27
Johannesburg helpline: 011 485 5248

SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

SANCA provides specialised and affordable prevention and treatment services for alcohol and other drug dependence. Based in Johannesburg with 38 affiliates (counselling centres) that operate independently.

Head office: 011 482 7187

Mental Health, Depression & Anxiety

SA Depression & Anxiety Group

SADAG campaigns to eliminate discrimination and stigma in the field of mental health and to support, educate and assist the public, patients and their families with mental health problems and issues. Provides information on depression, panic disorder, social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar mood disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and an array of other psychiatric conditions - including those affecting children and the elderly, and suicidal behaviour. Can help you find a psychiatrist, psychologist, or GP with special interest in mental health in your area. Helpline staffed by trained and counsellors.

Help line: 011 262 6396 (8am - 8pm, seven days a week)
Suicidal Emergency: 0800 567 567
E-mail: Zane Wilson (founder) for counselling queries

Family & Marriage

Family and Marriage Association of SA

Famsa supports families through stressful situations: offers counselling and education to strengthen marriage and other relationships in the family. Assists with divorce, mediation, domestic violence, trauma, grief counselling etc. Famsa has 27 offices around the country.

National office: 011 975 7106/7

Pregnancy, Contraception, Abortion

Marie Stopes Clinics

Has 30 day clinics and 10 micro clinics around the country offering safe abortions, family planning services including birth control, pregnancy tests, male and female sterilisation, HIV testing and ante-natal services. Fees charged according to client's income bracket.

Toll free: 0800 11 77 85
Telephone: 011 838 3271

Emergency Contraception Hotline

24-hour toll-free hotline for information and referrals on emergency contraception. A public-private partnership between the provincial health department, the University of Stellenbosch, the World Population Foundation, and private clinic Medi-Challenge.

Toll-free Helpline: 0800 246 432

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