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The Akeso Crisis Helpline is a 24/7 telephone service where trained crisis line counselors can guide you through an immediate...


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Stop Gender Violence Helpline offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone. We support everyone in...


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Struggling with self-harm? Get help from a hotline in South Africa

Sometimes your emotions may be so overwhelming that hurting yourself may feel like the only way to find relief. Whether you are self-harming at the moment, or you have thoughts about it, there are 4 helplines in South Africa that can help. If you relate to the following, reach out:

  • Scratching, pinching, hitting yourself
  • Not wanting to die, but still feeling like you need the pain
  • A desire to punish or hurt yourself
  • Searching for ways to self-harm
  • Feeling like you need a physical release for your emotions
  • Feeling like self-harm is the only thing keeping you going
  • Looking for a way to escape the emotional pain
  • Feeling like your emotions are too difficult or overwhelming to deal with

Since self-harm provides immediate, in-the-moment relief from painful emotions, it’s easy to become reliant on it as your go-to coping mechanism. Stopping may seem impossible and you may be ashamed to even talk about it. However, self-harm is more common than you think. Many people struggle to manage intense emotions.

Talking about difficult emotions with someone compassionate and non-judgemental may help lighten your burdens. There are dedicated helpline volunteers in South Africa who are trained to support people through emotional distress. A helpline volunteer can help you process complex feelings and introduce you to healthy coping tools at your own discretion.

For free and confidential support with self harm, consider contacting a hotline in South Africa today.


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