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Suicide Crisis Helpline
0800 567 567

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline
0800 12 13 14
SMS 32312

Cipla Mental Health Helpline
0800 456 789
SMS 31393

NPOwer SA Helpline
0800 515 515
SMS 43010

Healthcare Workers Care Network Helpline
0800 21 21 21
SMS 43001

UFS #Fair Kitchens Chefs Helpline
0800 006 333


Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline
0800 21 22 23

Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90

ADHD Helpline
0800 55 44 33

Pharma Dynamics Police & Trauma Helpline
0800 20 50 26


011 234 4837


8AM – 5PM

Cipla Mental Health
076 882 2775

Maybelline BraveTogether
087 163 2030

Ke Moja Substance Abuse
087 163 2025

Have Hope Chat Line
087 163 2050


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SADAG has over 160 free Support Groups. To find out more about joining or starting a Support Group click here.

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2023 Mental Health Calendar

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Start a Support Group

START a Support Group


SADAG guides and trains new volunteer Support Group Leaders on running a Group step-by-step. We help with free training webinars, materials, handouts, information and more.

The training takes place online over 6 sessions. Each session is followed by an evaluation and assessment survey. After completion of the theoretical training, there is a 3 part practical component.

This FREE 6-part online series covers everything from: 

  • What a Support Group is 
  • Who should join or start a Support Group
  • Training and preparing you to become a volunteer Support Group Leader
  • Preparing your Support Group 
  • Launching your own Support Group

In part 1 of the training, we cover a general introduction to Support Groups, which is followed by an application form as well as an evaluation and assessment survey.


Who Can Start a Support Group?

Most people who start Support Groups have very little experience in running a group and have limited knowledge about Mental Health, other than their personal lived with experience. As Support Groups are never the first line of patient Mental Illness Intervention, rather they focus on supplementary aftercare support, you don’t need to be a Mental Health Practitioner to run a Support Group.


Support Group Leaders are:

  • Giving and caring members of the community who want to make a difference
  • They dedicate time and effort to make a space where people feel safe, heard, supported and understood
  • In many cases, they are patients/ex-patients themselves
  • SADAG Support Group Leaders need to be 23 years or older to start a Support Group. If you’re itching to start a Support Group and are over the age of 18, but not yet 23, why not consider starting a Peer Support Group? Click here


How SADAG will help you:

SADAG guides and trains new Support Group Leaders on running a group step-by-step; including a free online 6-part Support Group Leader Training as well as three practical observation sessions.

After successfully completing the training, SADAG will continue to help and support you with ongoing training webinars, materials, handouts, information and more.’

If you are interested in starting a Support Group please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Part 1 of our Support Group Leader Training and further instructions.



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