The South African Depression & Anxiety Group (Sadag) says that following the death of Motswako Hip Hop artist, Jabulani Tsambo aka HHP, it has received an overwhelming amount of phone calls from people who feel completely helpless, hopeless and desperate for crisis intervention for depression and even suicide.
“This week, we have had so many great numbers of additional suicide callers, concerned family members and even work colleagues calling in to ask for help, information and emergency intervention. Our volunteer counsellors have been fielding hundreds of calls per day, while more people have been reaching out via emails, SMSs and social media,” reads its statement.
The organisation usually receives about 600 calls per day, but with the shock and sadness of HHP’s death, the increased press, social media and awareness around depression and suicide, the calls have increased drastically.
This has, however, highlighted the need for funds that Sadag is faced with. Sadag is not funded by the government for its Suicide Helplines, and thus has to source funds from private donations or corporate’s to help pay for the telephone calls.
Sadag added that it can run the Suicide Crisis Helpline for a month with R100 thousand. “If we can get 12 companies to donate R100,000 for Christmas it will enable us to put another 4 people on lines immediately so that we can help so many South Africans who need urgent help.”
To help Sadag, contact Cassey Chambers on 011-234-4837 or email Zane Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org. – Seithati Semenokane