Healthcare Workers Care Network

Mental health professional group

A nationwide healthcare worker support network which offers all healthcare workers across the public and private sectors free support, pro bono therapy, resources, training and psychoeducation. The HWCN already has over 500 volunteer mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, registered counsellors, and social workers, who will provide help, intervention, and support to all healthcare workers. These include doctors, nurses, community healthcare workers, field workers, hospital or clinic personnel, including hospital laundry staff, and porters. 

Visit their website to find a platform that best suits your needs



24 hour helpline: 0800 21 21 21 or SMS 43001


Dr. Claire Lownie


Dr Lownie is a Johannesburg based psychiatrist,  previously the Trauma Programme Manager, clinical trial coordinator and research programme manager at Netcare Milpark Hospital. Dr Lownie was diagnosed with and treated for a rare form of cancer which carries a prognosis of less than 20%  chance of 5-year survival. It is this experience and her background that has made her passionate about providing access to mental health. She can be contacted via Whatsapp messenger for video call or Zoom appointments

Cell: 0722021070


COVID-19 Hotline for medical frontliners

COVID-19 hotline for medical frontliners

24/7 Hotline

A collective of social service professionals from both the private and public sector; available 24/7.

Send a WhatsApp message  the team will contact you free of charge. Platforms available for counselling are Zoom, Whatsapp video calls or messaging. Free sessions are limited to two 45 minute sessions. Click on the thumbnail for more details

Cell: 0795137015


Lara Rust

Registered Counsellor 

A registered counsellor, committed to providing accessible psychological services which are focused on support and promoting well-being. She offers secure video call sessions as well as telephonic consults. Lara Rust is available on Monday - Friday from 09:00 - 17:00. Flexible hours can be negotiated once contacted. 

Cell: 063 5444 111


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Nethaniëlle Mattison

Frontline Support Group

Nethanielle is part of the frontline support group, which is a team of arts therapists, counsellors and facilitators who are providing free counselling for frontline health care workers. Call or WhatsApp message her  and she will connect you with with a counsellor 

Cell: 0829743524


Arielle Abrahamson

Social Worker

A social worker with experience in helping individuals work through trauma. Arielle is offering free consultations of flexible duration. Arielle is available via cellphone or email between 07:00 - 18:00

Cell: 072 767 2015.


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Merran Roy

Frontline Support Group

Merran Roy is an art psychotherapist and counsellor. She is part of the frontline support group, which is a team of arts therapists, counsellors and facilitators who are providing free counselling for frontline health care workers. Call or WhatsApp message her to be connected with a counsellor 

Cell: 0722377341



Psychiatric Day hospital

Evexia are a group of psychiatric day hospitals in the Pretoria area. They are offering face as well as Skype psychotherapy sessions to all Health care workers by any of their available Psychologists. The first 2 sessions will be free of charge. Email or call Elaine to be put in touch with a psychologist

Office Hours: 08:00 – 17:00


Cell: 073 543 5367


Vivian Warby


Vivian Warby is a SA College of Applied Pscyhology trained counsellor. She works with grief, loss and uses writing and inspiration to break through fear and pain. She is available via Whatsapp, Skype, Zoom and phone call. Email her to set up an appointment. 

Free counselling is limited to June only.  

Office Hours: 06:30 - 09:15 and 18:30 to 21:15 on Monday, Thursday and Friday.


Cell: 073 543 5367


Discovery and SADAG hotline for 

24/7 Hotline

Hotline providing free counselling for medical students and interns. 

Number: 0800 323 323



Mental Health Support and Advocacy Group

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group has many options available for free mental health counselling


  • Chat online with a counsellor 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm via the Cipla Whatsapp Chat Line:

    • 076 882 2775

  • SMS 31393 or 32312 and a counsellor will call you back – available 24/7

  • SADAG Helplines providing free telephonic counselling, information, referrals and resources. Available 24/7:

    • 0800212223 or

    • 0800708090 or

    • 0800456789 or

    • The Suicide Helpline: 0800567567