2022 FNB Varsity Cup Pink Shorts campaign – SpeakUP

In 2020, Varsity Cup aligned its Pink Shorts campaign with Varsity Sports’ SpeakUP, an initiative aimed at raising awareness about mental health.

We could never have imagined how the Covid-19 pandemic would change our world over the next two years. Maintaining one’s mental health – a challenge prior to 2020 – is more challenging than ever before.

During the FNB Varsity Cup, the player of the match wears personalised pink shorts in the following game to bring attention to this cause.

Through SpeakUP our message is clear – there is no health without mental health. Know your mental health, get help if you need to.

Let’s SpeakUP about the importance of mental well-being.

Know the five signs that may mean you are in emotional distress and need assistance:

  • Personality change: Not feeling like your usual self?
  • Are you withdrawn?
  • Feeling agitated, anxious, angry or moody?
  • Poor self-care: Are you not caring for yourself or behaving in a risky manner?
  • Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed by circumstances?

These five symptoms are the classic signs of a mood disorder. The question is: Do you recognise these signs in yourself, or a teammate or classmate, or maybe a relative or friend? Then take action: Seek help. Depression and related mental health diseases are treatable!

For more on the five signs, visit the Ithemba Foundation.

We’ve compiled a list of all the help centres at university campuses across South Africa below. If you don’t want to talk to a friend or family member, then contact your closest help centre.

SpeakUP! Watch out for your roommate, your classmate, your flatmate, your teammate – depression and related illnesses can be treated, so get help! Let’s take the ‘I’ out of illness and replace it with ‘we’ for wellness!

University Website
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Student Counselling
Central University of Technology Student Wellness

Durban University of Technology

Student support
Nelson Mandela University Student Health Services
North West University

Student Counselling and Development

Rhodes University Counselling Centre
Stellenbosch University Centre for Student Counselling and Support
Tshwane University of Technology Student Development and Support
University of Cape Town Student Wellness Services
University of Fort Hare Student Counselling
University of the Free State Student Counselling and Development Services
University of Johannesburg Counselling and Support Services
University of KwaZulu-Natal Caring for students needs
University of Pretoria Student Counselling Unit
University of the Western Cape Student Development and Support
Walter Sisulu University Student Development and Support Services
Wits University Counselling and Careers Development Unit

Other important and helpful resources:

Lifeline 24-hour crisis line: 0861-322-322
SADAG helpline: 0800-567-567 or SMS 31393
World Health Organisation
SA Federation for Mental Health