The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) suicide line faces shut down in two weeks due to lack of financial support.
Sadag Operations Director, Cassey Chambers, explained that none of the telecommunications companies are able to provide free lines for the organisation.
Chambers says the NGO receives at least 400 calls a day and unpacked the crisis at hand as well as the kind of assistance that they need.
Listen to the full conversation from The John Robbie Show:
We have never wanted to be in this position. We're sitting with the difficult decision that we may have to close down our suicide line.— Cassey Chambers, Sadag Operations Director
It's incredibly difficult because Sadag has been around for over 22 years.— Cassey Chambers, Sadag Operations Director
We pay for ourselves and it comes up to about R40 000 to R60 000 per month just for that helpline.— Cassey Chambers, Sadag Operations Director
The worrying thing is, if we close the helpline, where will those people call and who will help them?— Cassey Chambers, Sadag Operations Director
SADAG is looking for any corporates that can sponsor their operations. They are willing to carry the name of their new sponsor— John Robbie (@John_C_Robbie) February 11, 2016