DSD commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day | Western Cape Government


DSD commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day today, 10 September 2020, to promote its commitment and action to prevent suicides. 

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “Many individuals may find themselves contemplating taking their lives due to ongoing stress, trauma and/or as a consequence of dealing with other mental health-related issues such as depression and anxiety. Although there is no single reason as to why people find themselves in these situations, what we do know is that many people are not aware of how to seek help and support.”

Minister Fernandez added, “The Covid-19 pandemic has also exacerbated feelings of self-isolation and anxiety and may trigger individuals to have increased thoughts of wanting to commit suicide. 

As the pandemic lingers, it is now more important than ever to not be afraid to talk about one's feelings." 

Minister Fernandez continued, "I would like to urge the public to be kind to those around them at all times. Let’s support each other, as we never know what challenges, others are currently facing.”

The provincial DSD with the support of its Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) partners and its volunteers utilises various awareness programmes that are integrated with psycho-social interventions. The Department has also formed partnerships with various NPO partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs), to establish support groups in vulnerable communities for individuals and families in need of support.

Psycho-social support and bereavement counselling are also being provided by the Department to individuals and families which has been tailored to meet the specific needs of a client. The support being provided include; debriefing, counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. To mitigate the challenge of accessing services during this period, psycho-social services are also being made available via telephonic services, to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Contact number and further information:

  • Lifeline

Helpline: 0861-322-322

  • The South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group

Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm)

Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am)

SMS: 31393

  • Child line: Children have this option to contact Child line if they are depressed, suicidal or need assistance with any other form of psychosocial support.

Tel: (+27)-(0) 21 762 8198

Email: info@childlinewc.org

If anyone requires any form of psycho-social support, please contact us on our hotline on 0800 220 250, to be connected to your nearest local office.

We urge the public to access credible information on https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/coronavirus

For more information about our other services, please refer to the Western Cape Department’s Website below:


Media Enquiries: 

Joshua Covenant Chigome

Spokesperson for the Minister of Social Development, Minister Sharna Fernandez

Tel: 021 483 9217

Cell: 083 661 4949

Email: Joshua.chigome@westerncape.gov.za­