SDG3: Wellbeing & Counselling Support Program W71CT

SDG3: Wellbeing & Counselling Support Program W71CT

Working together to ensure all residents in Ward 71, CT have access to basic wellbeing and counselling support

At its core, the definition of wellbeing deals with how you feel inside. Our internal feelings can govern our choices, words and actions. When we’re anxious, depressed or stressed, our behaviour can be harmful to ourselves and/or those around us. Even before COVID-19, many South Africans struggled with mental health issues.

Since COVID-19, over a 100 countries implemented the COVID-19 Lockdown in a bid to ‘flatten the curve’ of the pandemic. The Lockdown has been described as “the largest psychological experiment in the world” and we’re starting to see the effects of this experiment. In April 2020 an academic article warned that “In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears likely that there will be substantial increases in anxiety and depression, substance use, loneliness, and domestic violence; and with schools closed, there is a very real possibility of an epidemic of child abuse”.

Since the COVID-19 Lockdown, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has been receiving more calls from people feeling anxious, panicked and stressed. A recent Sadag survey suggests that 55% had feelings of anxiety and panic and 46% were under financial stress and pressure.

Project Overview
“The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, and efforts to contain it, represent a unique threat, and we must recognize the pandemic that will quickly follow it — that of mental and behavioral illness — and implement the steps needed to mitigate it,” Sandro Galea, MD, from Boston University School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine.

We need to ensure adequate access to wellbeing and support counselling programs for all our Ward residents.

Focus Areas

  • In W71CT we have a group of volunteer counsellors who work with victims of crime - robbery, domestic violence, rape, murder, attempted suicide, child abuse, anxiety, addictions amongst others. They manage the Victim Empowerment Programme at Kirstenhof Police Station and also work from a satellite Victim Friendly Room in Westlake.  With the COVID-19 Lockdown, their services have been seriously hindered and they need our support to reach W71CT residents and victims who need access to support counselling.
  • Wellbeing Support in our Community - It is important to focus on mental health in the Ward-community and encourage residents and business managers to ensure that staff were aware of the support available to them.
  • Wellbeing Support in our Local Businesses and Non-profits- It is important for managers and entrepreneurs to focus on mental health in the workplace to ensure they and their staff are aware of the support available to them.
Key Risks:
  • Overcoming stigma associated with mental health and COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols being maintained.
Section 18A - Partially
This Project partially qualifies for Section 18A tax certificates.

Budget/Resources needed

Focus Areas Needs
Victim Support Counselling
  • smart phone
  • funds for data for counsellors
Wellbeing Support in our Community
  • Community Connexions / 1st Sat of the month events = flyers printed.

Ward 71, Cape Town