Cape Town residents with a low income can now gain access to mental health professionals for just R50 per session at The Counselling Hub in Woodstock. The initiative officially launched this week but has been counselling clients since last month.
The Counselling Hub is an initiative of the KK Educational Fund (KKEF) and SACAP Foundation, a non-profit organisation working towards providing accessible affordable mental health services.
There is a significant gap in access to mental health care – there are roughly 2.75 psychologists for every 100 000 people available in the public sector, yet the need for quality mental health services is widespread in low-income communities the most. The cost of private mental health care can range from R350 to R1 200 for a counselling session making it highly inaccessible to low-income families.
The Hub is located at 52/54 Francis Street in Woodstock, and those faced with crises such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief can get short-term interventions including one-on-one counselling for up to six sessions, as well as group workshops covering a range of mental health topics.
To find out more or book a session, contact The Counselling Hub at 021 462 3902 or visit their website www.counsellinghub.org.za and follow their Facebook page. You can visit them in person weekdays between 9 am and 4.30 pm.
South Africans face many harsh realities. My experience in counselling allowed me to see the benefit that can be gained from a non-judgmental, listening ear. Unfortunately, there is still fear, stigma, and misinformation attached to mental health illnesses, and this creates an unnecessary and harmful barrier to access for individuals who need to get help.” – The Counselling Hub