CAPE TOWN- A group of Durban psychologists are offering free counselling support to healthcare workers and the general public during the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown period.
"In a time of crisis like this, psychology has to be accessible. Our discipline has to make its services and its expertise available," said counselling psychologist, Kerry Frizelle.
Frizelle is part of the Durban Practicing Psychologists Group (DPPG) who for the period during lockdown offers free online support services for people battling anxiety, loneliness, or depression.
"As a group of psychologists have recognised that healthcare workers are in need of emotional support, especially as they deal with traumatic situations.
The free counselling was initially only offered for people living in KwaZulu-Natal.
Another member of the psychologists group Suntosh Pillay who is also a clinical psychologist at King Dinuzulu Hospital, said the service offering needed to be national.
Now, anyone in South Africa who needs counselling is able to speak to a qualified psychologist.
For general public counselling email: [email protected]
For healthcare workers email: counselli[email protected] or contact their Whatsapp hotline on 0795137015.
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