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Dedicated helpline launched for students struggling with stress

UCT & UP have partnered with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

Stressed out. Picture: Pixabay.com

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has introduced a helpline dedicated to assist students at two of the country’s biggest universities.

Students experiencing high levels of stress at the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria have been provided special channels by the organisation.

The organisation was responding to a recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, which revealed that over 120,000 medical students experience depression with some reporting suicidal thoughts.

The organisation's Tracy Feinstein explains: “We’ve seen that universities recognise their student wellness centres may not be able to fully support students at the volume needed. To partner with Sadag to contain this is a great initiative.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)