Statement on student suicide

Posted on October 03, 2018

The University of Pretoria can confirm that a student died by suicide on 26 September in one of its residences. We are aware of one student suicide this year. A former UP student also died by suicide at a private residence in Hatfield over the weekend. We will continue providing those affected with emotional support during this difficult time.

Our students’ well-being is a priority, and we are doing all we can to provide students with support and care. UP has 16 psychologists across our campuses available to help our students. In addition, students can call the 24-hour UP crisis line as well as the UP Careline. The Student Counselling Unit regularly provides tips for enhancing resilience and coping on its website. UP has an agreement with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group to provide students with 24-hour support. Students in residences are encouraged to contact their house parents when they need additional support.


•            UP 24-hour crisis line:      0800 006 428
•            UP Careline:        0800 747 747
•            SMS UP to 31393
•            SADAG Suicide Crisis Line:  0800 567 567

UP regularly runs mental health awareness campaigns, life-skills training, personal exploration and holistic student development programmes to help students and create awareness. We have also run seminars and self-help support groups. Individual and group counselling is available through the Student Counselling Unit on each campus. We encourage students to make use of these services, and to reach out for help whenever needed.  


- Author Department of University Relations

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