The Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network is set to launch KwaZulu-Natal’s first Gay and Lesbian Helpline on 6 July.
The telephonic Helpline service will provide callers with a range of information and advice that is specific to gay and lesbian needs as well as provide supportive counselling and referrals to those grappling with issues related to their sexual orientation.
A feasibility study conducted by the Network 2006 identified the need for a Helpline as there are limited services that are capable of responding to the specific needs of gay and lesbian people in the KZN Midlands. The Helpline aims to begin to address these needs.
“It was my personal experience of rejection and the lack of anyone to turn to for support that motivated me to establish the Network.” said Anthony Waldhausen, Director, PMB Gay & Lesbian Network.
The Helpline number is (033) 342 6500 and will be in operation three days a week from Friday to Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.
Volunteer counsellors, trained by LifeLine, will be available to assist callers during these times and will provide a respectful and confidential service.
“Now, with the establishment of the Helpline, gays and lesbians will get the understanding and support they so often desperately need! I am also proud of the dedicated team of volunteers, and psychologists and the support received from Lifeline in the establishment of this Helpline,” said Waldhausen.