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1. 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 into account other factors such as religion, race, age, your preferred language etc. that will help you feel more comfortable.
2. 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 a 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 signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional help might be needed if you experience the following:
1. Worrying more than usual (excessive anxiety)
2. Finding it hard to enjoy your life or not being able to cope with problems or daily activities
3. Extreme mood swings
4. Prolonged sadness, depression or apathy
5. Substance misuse/abuse (or increased use)
6. Marked changes in personality, eating or sleeping pattern.
7. Feeling disconnected or withdrawn from normal activities
8. Excessive anger, hostility or violent behaviour
9. Thoughts or statements about suicide or harming others
This document was compiled by Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala and Hermien Elago and; is 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 engaging mental health professionals. The list is not exhaustive and should in no way be interpreted as complete or exhaustive of all centres 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 are solely at your own risk.
SECTION 1: FREE
1. Telephonic counselling
2. Schedule a face-to-face session
Toll-free 24/7 counselling numbers 116 & 106 (Gender-Based Violence HelpLine)
Monday to Monday 08:00-18:00
Tel:+26461555422 or +264811400222 or +26461226 889
Website: http://www.lifelinechildline.org.na https://www.facebook.com/LifeLineChildLineNamibia/ https://www.civic264.org.na/children/lifeline-childline-namibia
NAMIBIA RED CROSS SOCIETY
Head Office: Tel. +(264) 61 413750
Email: email@example.com | Katutura
KHOMAS: Tel. +(264) 61 400392 | Windhoek
KUNENE: Tel. +(264) 65 273135 | Opuwo
ZAMBEZI: Tel. +(264) 66 253415 | Katima Mulilo
GROOTFONTEIN: Tel. +(264)67 243909 | Grootfontein
KAVANGO: Tel. +(264) 66 256127 | Rundu
KHORIXAS: Tel. +(264) 67 331277 | Khorixas
OHANGWENA: Tel. +(264) 65 263286 | Eehnana
OMUSATI: Tel. +(264) 65 251539 | Outapi
OSHIKOTO: Tel. +(264) 65 240688 | Onandjokwe Hospital
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IN WINDHOEK
Cell: +264 81 325 or +2646144 222477
Meetings take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 19h00 – 20h00 at the Methodist Church opposite the Windhoek Public Library on Lüderitz Street.
Offers free counselling services and referrals to victims, survivors and anyone affected by Gender Based Violence 08h00-17h00
KHOMAS: +264817033203 / firstname.lastname@example.org
OMUSATI: +264815584004 / email@example.com
ERONGO: +264815584008 / firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTERCARE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ADDICTION
Walvis bay: Lekobane/Gail +26464 216366/216322
Most churches across the offer free counselling. Contact a church near you to enquire about their counselling services and programmes.
NAMIBIAN GOVERNMENTAL FACILITIES
MINISTRY OF HEALTH: DEVELOPMENTAL SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICE
The Mental Health Hospital, Local Clinics and all regional Hospitals offer free counselling, psychiatric and rehabilitation services by qualified professionals.
ETEGAMENO RESOURCE & REHABILITATION CENTRE
Responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and drug-dependent individuals and their families under the Directorate Social Welfare Services. Tel: +26461269348/ +26461250404
Social Work Department Central Hospital, Tel:+264612033499
Mental Health Department Central Hospital, Tel:+264612033321
REGIONAL AND DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICE
The following services are rendered by the District Social Welfare Offices through regional Social Workers:
- Counselling for any person above the age of 18 years concerning pre-marital counselling, marital, marriage enrichment, alcohol- and drug abuse, prostitution, older people (neglect and abuse, applications for sub-economic housing units and old age homes, active ageing), property grabbing and other estate disputes, reintegration of released prisoners into society counselling, stress management, trauma counselling, and pre-trail assessments and pre-sentence reports for adults.
- Group work, such as effective parenting skills groups, aftercare groups (alcohol- and drug abuse), domestic violence,
- Empowerment of communities using community projects.
SECTION 2: SUBSIDIZED COST
Tel: +264 61-259291
N$100.00pp per 1-hour session
Address: Erf 7693 Ara Street, Dorado Park
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING: KIDS & ADULTS
N$100.00pp, per 45mins session
SECTION 3: MEDICAL AID/CASH REQUIRED
OKONGUARRI THERAPEUTIC CENTRE
MOUNT SINAI RECOVERY CENTRE
Address: Plot42 (104.19 mi), Usakos
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 | Website: http://www.psychologynamibia.org/find-a-practitioner-near-you/
TELECOM NAMIBIA YELLOW PAGES
Website: http://www.yellowpages.na/psychologists/psychologists/ and the hardcopy telephone directory available at all Telecom offices under the yellow pages and medical professionals section.
VIRTUAL HEALTH SERVICES
Tel: +264 81 354 7571
Many private mental health professionals offer virtual services/online counselling. If you would prefer/require this option, please inquire about the possibility when making your booking.
NHP MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE
Learn the basic knowledge and skills to identify changes in your employees, family and colleagues that might suggest mental health struggles. Learn how to best support them and get the appropriate professional support they need. The goal is to prevent small mental challenges from becoming significant mental health problems that could affect long-term well-being and productivity. The course is FREE for NHP members and costs N$399.00 for non-NHP members. You can sign up for the course on the NHP website by following this link https://nhp.com.na/basic-mental-health-first-aid-course/