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Health, counselling & safety


Student Affairs: Student Wellness Service

Health services: Overview

The Student Wellness Service offers a comprehensive outpatient health service by both medical practitioners and nurses, who are dedicated to helping students to remain healthy, and to make the correct life choices while pursuing their academic goals.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance and guidance as early as possible.

Toll free numbers to call when you are in distress
  • SADAG UCT Student Careline: 0800 24 25 26 free from a Telkom line or SMS 31393 for a call-me-back. This line offers 24/7 telephonic counselling, advice, referral facilities and general support to students facing any mental health challenges or contemplating suicide. The line is available to offer support and advice to anyone who is concerned about a student who might be in distress. The line is able to advise and refer callers to both internal UCT resources and external (NGO, public and private) mental health resources.
  • Please make use of the SADAG UCT Student Careline if you are placed on a waiting list by reception at the Student Wellness Service or if you require emotional support while waiting for an appointment. The SADAG website contains useful information about mental health issues as well as details of their national helplines.

Psychiatric Emergencies in Residences or on Campus

The Upper Campus Clinic will be open from 08:30 to 16:30 daily during Term times on Level 6 in the Steve Biko Student Building. A Nurse Practitioner is available on a walk-in basis - for more minor complaints.

UCT Student Careline
0800 24 25 26 or SMS 32312