There’s a new ‘copy and paste’ message doing the rounds on social media with really good intentions but really wrong information.


The message is aimed at raising awareness and assisting those in need of some comfort and help while perhaps contemplating suicide.

The message is as follows:

It’s a hard time of the year for a lot of folks. The Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-TALK (8255). A simple copy and paste might save someone’s life. Would three of my Facebook friends please copy this and post it to their timeline?

If you are wondering why people post a suicide hotline number around the holidays. It is because it is believed that this time of year could be hard on some and not the happiest time of the year for everyone.

And while it is a good thing to be spreading awareness around anxiety and depression by posting a ‘suicide’ helpline, it might be an even better idea to post the correct telephone number when doing so.

As much as community members have their hearts in the right place, that number only works in New Zealand.

So… in order to help others and perhaps share the correct information. Here are the SA numbers:

  • 0861 322 322 Lifeline SA
  • 0800 567 567 SADAG Emergency Suicide Hotline

Giving someone the wrong number when they are prepared to reach out is likely to just be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Your willingness to assist and share the info in posts is appreciated and lauded by all… who knows, that post may very well assist someone this holiday season.

But as always, check your facts before blindly posting things on the internet (especially the copy and paste things).

Sources: Facebook | South African Depression And Anxiety Group
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