Student Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness Resources

Please note that the contacts given are for national health and wellness organizations. You will need to contact the specific organization to obtain details of your nearest regional office, should you need to have face to face meetings.

Al-Anon Family Groups is for the families and friends of problem drinkers, with a special section - Alateen - for children of alchoholics, and a group for adult children of alcoholics.

Helpline: 0861 ALANON (25 26 66)

Alcoholics Anonymous SA
Worldwide fellowship for alcoholics supporting those choosing to be sober. Only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
National helpline: 0861 HELPAA (435 722)

Gender based violence crisis line
This is a gender based violence command centre operated by national department of social development to support victims of gender based violence.
Toll free line: 0800428428
LifeLine Southern Africa
24-hour crisis intervention service. Offers free, confidential telephone counselling, rape counselling, trauma counselling, Aids counselling, and a range of other services.
National counselling line: 0861-322-322
National Aids helpline
For assistance with IAIDS /AIDS related information, support and services referral
National tollfree number: 0800-012-322 and

People Opposed to Woman Abuse (Powa)
Gauteng-based organisation offering shelter, counselling and legal support to women in abusive relationships, rape survivors, survivors of incest.

Helpline: 083 765 1235

Narcotics Anonymous SA
For recovering drug addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
National 24-hour helpline: 083 900 MY NA (083 900 69 62)
SA Depression and Anxiety Group 
- 24hr Helpline 0800121314 or SMS 31393 (for a callback request)
SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
SANCA provides specialised and affordable prevention and treatment services for alcohol and other drug dependence.
086 14 SANCA (72622)

South African Police services (SAPS)
The SA Police Service's Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit Special police units investigate violent crimes against children and offer specialised services to child victims of crime. There are units around the country.

Emergency number: 10111
Crime Stop: 08600 10111
Report cases of child abuse for police investigation:

Family and Marriage Association of SA (FAMSA)
Famsa supports families through stressful situations: offers counselling and education to strengthen marriage and other relationships in the family. Assists with divorce, mediation, domestic violence, trauma, grief counselling etc. Famsa has 27 offices around the country.
National office: (011) 975-7106/7

Stop Gender Abuse
Crisis counselling for women who have been raped or abused, advice and support for people wanting to support women in need of help, legal and other options available for abused women and rape survivors. Run by LifeLine Southern Africa.
Toll-free helpline: 0800 150 150

Last modified: Mon Mar 04 11:07:47 SAST 2019