Current News


The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry supports International Tourette Awareness Day
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 13:15

Prof Petrus de Vries from the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UCT, joined the ‘Kwela’ team on television for an awareness-raising programme about tics and Tourette’s.

Passing of Lynn Gillis
Thu, 28 May 2020 - 08:00

Prof Dan Stein, current Head of Department, pays tribute to Prof Lynn Gillis, founding Head of the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at UCT, after his recent passing.

COVID-19: An international perspective
Fri, 15 May 2020 - 12:00

The Royal College of Psychiatrists presented a webinar entitled 'COVID-19: International Perspectives'. There were talks from Africa, Hong Kong and India. The webinar was recorded and is now available. 

Lori Lake - South African Child Gauge
Wed, 06 May 2020 - 06:45

Lori Lake is communications and education specialist at the Children’s Institute (CI), University of Cape Town and an editor of the 2019 South African Child Gauge

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 - 15:00

Despite these complicated times there are congratulations for a number of departmental registrars who have passed their exams. There is also news from the current group of Mphils with the Centre for Public Mental Health.



Webinar on mental health aspects of COVID-19
Wed, 15 Apr 2020 - 07:00

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is leaving a myriad of unanswered questions in its wake - and many pf these relate to the mental health of populations under lockdown, quarantine or self-isolation. The ill effects that this pandemic can have on the global mental health burden should not be underestimated - even more so in low-resource settings such as most countries on the African continent. A free webinar on the mental health aspects of the Covid-19 crisis in Africa was recorded on 14th April. Four invited speakers presented.

World Autism Day
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 - 08:45

World Autism Day (2nd April 2020) puts the spotlight on the challenges that people with Autism and others living with Autism face every day. Here a selection of journal articles are presented by Emerald Publishing. These are free to access till 17th April, 2020.

COVID-19 Resources
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 - 15:15

During this period of crisis there is an increasing amount of information available relating to coronavirus and COVID-19. In a socially responsive effort to provide credible, relevant and useful information a list of resources, articles and websites are provided below. They are broadly compiled into 3 groupings: 1) Managing mental health 2) Children, adolescents, and parenting 3) Credible updated information sources 4) Resources for healthcare workers

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 - 13:30

A message from Vice Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on measures taken by the University of Cape Town executive and the Leadership Lekgotla regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Welcoming new co-chair of social responsiveness committee
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 - 14:15

Nasera Cader-Mokoa has just been elected as co-chair of the Social Responsiveness Committee in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

TSC-Associated Neuropsychiatric disorders
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 - 13:00

In a Podcast by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, host Dan Klein talks to Department of Psychiatry and Mental Healths Professor Petrus de Vries. They discuss tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated neuropsychiatric disorders, otherwise known as TAND.

International day for Older Persons event
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 - 15:15

This year’s International Day for Older Persons – 1st of October 2019 - was celebrated by the University of Cape Town’s Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Social Responsiveness Committee and the Division of Neuropsychiatry.