This document was adapted by Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala in 2021, from a list that was compiled by Hermien Elago and Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala in 2020; for information-sharing purposes only. Although we are mental health activists, we consulted mental health professionals, we are not mental health professionals and strongly advise that the list be used as a guide to engage mental health professionals. The list is not exhaustive and should in no way be interpreted as complete or exhaustive of all centers and professionals in Namibia. The information provided is for general informational purposes only. All information is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information. Under no circumstance shall we have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the information or reliance on any information provided. Your use and your reliance on any information is solely at your own risk.
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- When deciding on which mental health professional to go to, different factors should be considered such as financial implication (which is how this document divides the list). However, finding the correct therapist/mental health professional for you, may take a few tries and you might take in to account other factors such as religion, race, age, your preferred language etc. that will help you feel more comfortable.
- Trust the process. You probably won’t get a one step, quick fix. Don’t give up.
WHEN TO GET HELP
Sometimes, people disregard their signs and symptoms as normal part of life or avoid treatment out of shame or fear. If you’re concerned about your mental health, you have nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t hesitate to seek help!
Each mental health condition has its own signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional help might be needed if you experience the following:
- Worrying more than usual (excessive anxiety)
- Finding it hard to enjoy your life or not being able to cope with problems or daily activities
- Extreme mood swings
- Prolonged sadness, depression or apathy
- Substance misuse/abuse (or increased use)
- Marked changes in personality, eating or sleeping pattern.
- Feeling disconnected or withdrawn from normal activities
- Excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior
- Thoughts or statements about suicide or harming others
WHERE TO GET HELP
A LIST OF MENTAL HEALTH AND COUNSELLING FACILITIES IN NAMIBIA (2021)
There are two types of counselling 1. Telephonic counselling. 2. Call them to schedule a face to face session. Toll free counselling number. 116 & 106. They open Monday to Monday 08:00-18:00. Or +26461555422 or +264811400222 or Tel: +264 61 226 889 Email: Info@lifeline.org.na Website: http://www.lifelinechildline.org.na
- MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES: DEVELOPMENTAL SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICE
Mental Health Hospital, Local Clinics and Hospitals offer free counselling, psychiatric and rehabilitation services by qualified professional
ETEGAMENO RESOURCE AND REHABILITATION CENTRE (ERRC), Contact: 061269348/ 250404
Responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and drug dependent individuals and their families under the Directorate Social Welfare Services.
Social Work Department Central Hospital, Contact: +264612033499
Mental Health Department Central Hospital, Contact: +264612033321
- NAMIBIA RED CROSS SOCIETY
Head Office: Tel. +(264) 61 413750 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Katutura, Windhoek
KHOMAS Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 61 400392 | Windhoek
KUNENE Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 65 273135 | Opuwo
ZAMBEZI Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 66 253415 | Katima Mulilo
GROOTFONTEIN District Office: Tel. +(264) 67 243909 | Grootfontein
KAVANGO Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 66 256127 | Rundu
KHORIXAS District Office: Tel. +(264) 67 331277 | Khorixas
OHANGWENA Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 65 263286 | Eehnana
OMUSATI Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 65 251539 | Outapi
OSHIKOTO Regional Office: Tel. +(264) 65 240688 | Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital
Most churches across the offer free counselling. Please contact your nearest church.
- ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IN WINDHOEK
Cell: +264 81 325 6144 | Email: email@example.com
Meetings take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 19h00 – 20h00 at the Methodist Church opposite the Windhoek Public Library in Lüderitz Street, Windhoek.
- REGAIN TRUST
Offers free counselling services and referrals to victims, survivors and anyone affected by Gender Based Violence | 08h00-17h00 Monday to Friday
KHOMAS Region: +264817033203 / firstname.lastname@example.org
OMUSATI Region: +264815584004 / email@example.com
ERONGO Region: +264815584008 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR
Offers counseling at the regional offices
- AFTERCARE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ADDICTION
Swakopmund Support group +264812332525/+264811221373
Otjiwarongo +264812091969 | Outjo +264812558683
Usakos +264818608326 | Keetsmanshoop +264817478783/+264857043210
Walvis bay Lekobane/Gail 064 216366/216322
Tel: +264 61-259291 | N$100.00pp, per 1 hour session
Email: email@example.com | Address: Erf 7693 Ara Street, Dorado Park
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Tel: +264814436821 | N$100.00pp, per 45mins session
MEDICAL AID OR CASH REQUIRED
OKONGUARRI THERAPEUTIC CENTRE
Postal Address: P.O. Box 883, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Telephone: +264-67-697033 / 6
Fax: +264-67-697035 / 088634960
MOUNT SINAI RECOVERY CENTRE
Address: Plot42 (104.19 mi), Usakos
Cell: +264 81 860 8326
BEL ESPRIT MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC
Bel Esprit Hospital offers 24/7 Emergency services as well as In – and Out Patient treatment programs for Mental Health and Substance Abuse clients.
Address: c/o Mose Tjitendero & Henry Kaltenbrun str. Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia
Tel: +264 83 330 0945/ +264 81 400 9042
Emergency Contact (24hour Helpline) Tel: +264 81 455 0945
Monday—Friday: 8:00AM–4:00PM | Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM–3:00PM
THERAPISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF NAMIBIA
Find a Psychologist Near You – A list of psychologists per region and their contact details
TELECOM NAMIBIA YELLOW PAGES
Website: http://www.yellowpages.na/psychologists/psychologists/ and the hardcopy telephone directory available at all Telecom office under the yellow pages and medical professionals section.