FNB Varsity Cup 2020 Pink Shorts Campaign

In 2020, FNB Varsity Cup and FNB Varsity Shield, together with the Ithemba Foundation and partnering with SpeakUP, will play a proactive role in raising awareness of mental health, destigmatising mental health issues and encouraging the treatment of mental illness.

SpeakUP wants to inform our athletes, students and the general South African public that mental health is just important as physical health.

Know the five signs of mental health distress:




Speak Up! Watch out for your room mate, your class mate, your flat mate, your teammate – depression and related illnesses can be treated – get help! Let’s take the “I” out of illness and replace it with “we” for wellness!

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.

University Website
Cape Peninsula University of Technology https://www.cput.ac.za/students/life/counselling 
Central University of Technology http://www.cut.ac.za/student-life-wellness/
Nelson Mandela University http://campushealth.mandela.ac.za/services/counselling 
North-West University http://services.nwu.ac.za/student-counselling-and-development?_ga=2.259209610.1031852575.1567690517-450942232.1566816274
Rhodes University https://www.ru.ac.za/counsellingcentre/
Stellenbosch University https://www.sun.ac.za/english/learning-teaching/student-affairs/cscd/staff/staff-psychotherapeutic-support-services
Tshwane University of Technology https://www.tut.ac.za/heds/sds/personal-counselling/contact-us
University of Cape Town http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/support/health-counselling/student-wellness
University of Fort Hare http://ufh.ac.za/StudyUFH/Pages/StudentCounselling.aspx
University of the Free State https://www.ufs.ac.za/qwaqwa/home-page/student-life/student-counselling-services
University of Johannesburg https://www.uj.ac.za/corporateservices/ads/psycad/Pages/Counselling.aspx
University of KwaZulu-Natal https://www.ukzn.ac.za/students/caring-for-students-needs/
University of Pretoria http://www.up.ac.za/student-support
University of the Western Cape https://www.uwc.ac.za/Students/SD/CSSS/Pages/default.aspx
Walter Sisulu University http://www.wsu.ac.za/waltersisulu/index.php/student-affairs/ 
Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/ccdu/

Other important and helpful resources:

LifeLine 24-hour crisis line: 0861 322 322

SADAG helpline: 0800 567 567 or send an SMS to 31393

World Health Organisation

SA Federation for Mental Health