UCT SRC wants management to invest in mental health support

In the past year, there were at least six suicide-related deaths at university residences and private houses.

The University of Cape Town. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s Student Representative Council (SRC) has pleaded with university management to invest in sufficient and efficient mental health support structures at the institution.

In the past year, there were at least six suicide-related deaths at university residences and private houses.

UCT management says that while not all the deaths have been confirmed as suicides, it would mean a higher rate than previous years.

The council says while a report on these deaths is pending, the mental health of students is an ongoing concern.

UCT SRC President Karabo Khakhau said: “The university has committed to do research to try and find out what exactly the reasoning behind the deaths is. But pending that, it's really alarming. We need to then have more mental health support structures in place to ensure that in the next year when we talk about mental health illness there is actually a tangible solution towards that.”