CAES Student Support Services

Coronavirus support

We are here to support you

Our staff have put together these resources to assist students and staff who are experiencing mental health issues during the COVID-19 lockdown. Our resources represent a valiant effort to connect with students to bolster resilience in the face of this pandemic. 

Our staff will be providing telepsychology services, which involves remote consultation with patients using telephonic or virtual platforms. Students can email staff for individual counselling appointments or book online appointments, with counselling being done via skype or telephone.

Online life skills workshops

We are running a series of life skills workshops ranging from maintaining relationships, time management and more.

Online support groups

We are running a series of support groups that will help you cope with the stress of lock down.

Mental health during lockdown

During this time you may have feelings of anxiety, grief, anger and depression. Our resources unpack these feelings and provide possible coping strategies and skills to better manage these uncomfortable feelings. Our staff produced these resources from their homes whilst in lockdown and without access to recording studios or editing software normally available at the university. This required us to develop new skills which speaks to our never-ending commitment to student wellness.

The contents of the University of KwaZulu-Natal College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Student Support Services (known henceforth as CAES SSS) website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the website or Facebook page are for informational purposes only. The information is presented in summary form as a supplement to, and NOT a substitute for, the knowledge, skill, and judgment of qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors and health care professionals. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. CAES SSS accepts no liability for any harm, damage or loss suffered due to your reliance upon information provided. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health provider such as a psychologist with any questions you may have regarding your condition.

The information on has been obtained from sources believed to be accurate and reliable. However, the CAES SSS makes no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of this information. Information accessed on or through aesssupport is neither complete nor exhaustive and does not cover all mental health conditions or their management or treatment.

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or report to your nearest hospital immediately. UKZN Risk Management Services is available to 24 hours and will direct you appropriately. They can be contacted on:

  • Pietermaritzburg campus: 033 260 5211
  • Westville campus: 031 260 7133
  • Howard College campus: 031 260 2540

You may also contact: Lifeline on 0861 322 322 or Sadag on 011 234 4837

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you may also call the Sadag suicide crisis line on 0800 567 567

CAES SSS is available for consultation for registered students in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science during office hours by appointment on or email

Reliance on any information provided by UKZN CAES SSS, employees, or other visitors to the website is solely at your own risk