Support line for Mandela mourners

2013-12-10 08:12

The department of social development is offering psychological support to those who are struggling to deal with Nelson Mandela’s death.

The department said in a statement it had made its command centre for gender-based violence – “a 24-hour call centre for victims of gender-based violence staffed by trained social workers and hosted by Vodacom” – available specifically to help those who are grieving Mandela’s death and need support.

“The special service, which is available during the 10-day mourning period declared by President Jacob Zuma, will assist individuals by preventing distress and suffering developing into something more severe and help people cope better and become reconciled to everyday life,” the department said.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said Mandela was “dearly loved by all South Africans and the effects of his passing on our society cannot be underestimated”.

The hotline number is 0860 004 015 and is permanently staffed by a professional counsellor. It is open 24 hours a day.

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