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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of organisation is SAFMH?

SAFMH is a registered Non-Profit Organisation, which works predominately in the fields of mental health advocacy and awareness. We are not a clinical organisation (in other words we do not provide any direct medical or psychological services). Whilst we can help you obtain such support through our enquiry desk (which you can access on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) we are at heart a human rights organisation, which works with other NGOs, government and professionals to uphold the rights of mental health care users and to advocate for improvements to mental health services in South Africa.

Does SAFMH provide financial support for legal and medical assistance?

SAFMH is a non- profit organisation that does not provide any financial support but will assist via a referral system to legal and medical professionals who can provide advice and if possible assist with non -financial support requested.

Does SAFMH provide counselling or other types of social work, psychological or psychiatric services?

SAFMH does not provide any direct community – based mental health services. SAFMH is a national office and does thus not provide counselling or other types of social work, psychological or psychiatric services. We do however provide an information provision and referral service, through which we can help people obtain the necessary support from organisations who provide direct mental health services.

Does SAFMH run any day-care services for persons with mental health conditions?

SAFMH does not provide direct community – based mental health services. SAFMH is a national office and does not run any day-care service for persons with mental health conditions. We do however provide an information provision and referral service, through which we can help people obtain the necessary support from organisations who provide direct mental health services. To access this support from us you can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Does SAFMH run a residential facility / facilities for persons with mental health conditions?

SAFMH does not provide direct community – based mental health services. SAFMH is a national office and does not run any residential facility/facilities. We do however provide an information provision and referral service, through which we can help people obtain the necessary support from organisations who provide direct mental health services. To access this support from us you can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can I volunteer with SAFMH?

SAFMH is a national office, which does not provide direct services to the community. As such, we don’t have regular volunteering opportunities available. When we run events where volunteers might be required, we will however make a specific call for volunteers on our website and on our social media pages. We will also assist persons looking to volunteer at community level with identifying such opportunities where they might be available. To access this support from us you can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where do I go for help with a mental health problem?

You can visit your nearest clinic, general practitioner (GP) or hospital for assistance, or you can contact our offices for assistance on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through which we can try help you identify support that might be available to you. Alternatively you can consult our list of helplines that are run by a range of organisations across South Africa by clicking on this link http://www.safmh.org/index.php/get-help/helplines.

Does SAFMH run a helpline?

SAFMH does not run a crisis helpline. We do however host a non-emergency information/enquiry desk, through which we can help you access mental health services that might be available to you. You can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Does SAFMH provide services for people affected by mental health issues?

SAFMH does not provide any direct community – based mental health services. SAFMH is a national office and does thus not provide counselling or other types of social work, psychological or psychiatric services. We do however provide an information provision and referral service, through which we can help people obtain the necessary support from organisations who provide direct mental health services.

What sort of work does SAFMH do?

  • We deliver corporate wellness/awareness-raising workshops
  • We host a reporting mechanism for human rights violations for persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities
  • We provide mental health-related information and assist people with obtaining support and services they might require for themselves or their loved ones
  • We raise awareness of mental health issues
  • We advocate for the rights of mental health care users through mental health awareness days, publishing press releases, representations on committees and forums, active partnership development and engagement and collaboration with government departments.

How does involuntary admission work?

In a case where a person poses a danger to him/herself or to others, an application for involuntary admission / assisted admission can be made to a hospital. The person who applies for involuntary admission will have to have seen the person in question within seven (7) days prior to the application and will need to state why they are applying for this intervention, as outlined in the Mental Health Care Act 17 of 2002.

The procedure to follow for an involuntary admission is to either take the person to the closest general state hospital that has a psychiatric ward or to call for the assistance of the police to escort the person (if he/she is a danger to him/herself or others) to the hospital. Proceed then to submit the completed MHCA04 form (available on the SAFMH website: http://www.safmh.org/index.php/who-we-are/what-we-do/human-rights ) to the hospital. Once at the hospital, the person should be assessed by two doctors, who should determine if hospital admission is required. When admitted, the person will be under 72-hours observation, during which it will be decided whether he/she needs further treatment. If so, they will be transferred to the closest specialized psychiatric hospital or discharged and treated as an out-patient if further immediate hospitalisation is not required.  

Does SAFMH assist with funding of new NGO’s?

SAFMH does not assist with or provide any funding or fundraising activities for new, emerging or existing NGOs or any other organisations or bodies.

Does SAFMH assist with setting up new mental health or any other NGOs?

SAFMH does not assist with setting up any new NGOs. It is recommended that anyone who wishes to establish a new NGO contact the Department of Social Development’s NPO Directorate and follow the required processes.

Does SAFMH assist with providing expert witnesses or testimonials?

As SAFMH does not employ any health professionals such as psychiatrists or psychologists as part of its staff compliment, we cannot act as expert witnesses or provide testimonials of a medical nature.

Can SAFMH represent me at CCMA hearings?

SAFMH cannot represent anyone at CCMA hearings. However, SAFMH can refer or provide information on legal organisations that can assist with more information on CCMA hearings. You can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information on this.

Can SAFMH represent me in court?

SAFMH cannot represent anyone in court as we are not a provider of legal services. We can however try and assist you with obtaining legal support pertaining to human rights violations. You can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information on this.

Does SAFMH have branches in the other provinces?

SAFMH is a national office with 17 constituent Mental Health Societies located in all nine provinces across South Africa. We deal with strategic mental health issues, while the Mental Health Societies deliver direct community-based mental health services. You can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information on this.

Does SAFMH offer employment opportunities to persons with a mental disabilities?

SAFMH does not offer any employment opportunities for persons with mental disabilities. We also don’t operate as a recruitment agency for persons with mental disabilities. We can however provide information about recruitment agencies for persons with disabilities. You can contact us on 011 781 1852 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information on this.

What is a Mental Health Society?

A Mental Health Society is a community based mental health organisation who deliver direct community-based mental health services. Mental Health Societies are constituents of the SA Federation for Mental Health, and there are 17 of these organisations located across South Africa. There is at least one Mental Health Society in each of South Africa’s nine provinces.

How can I get pamphlets/flyers?

You can contact SAFMH offices at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquiries about available pamphlets/flyers. There is a handling fee and a specified limit of pamphlets/flyers that can be ordered.

How can I get involved with the global mental health campaign?

  • Sign up to the campaign, read the manifesto and pledge to make change happen(gospeakyourmind.org)
  • Show your support through posting on social media using #SpeakYourMind 
  • Share the campaign with your networks to grow the movement fighting for action
  • Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate or contribute towards campaign-related events.