Welcome to Stellenbosch University

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To have considerable reach and impact in the global mental health arena through innovative scholarship, strategic collaboration, and strengthening and diversifying our expertise in mental health.


We are committed to improving the mental health of South Africans, through a holistic clinical and basic neuroscience lens.
  1. to provide optimal clinical services,
  2. conduct excellent teaching and training, and
  3. ​perform cutting-edge research. We have developed outstanding research partnerships, both local and international, and continue to seek out partnerships in our pursuit of discovery.​​
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Excellence and innovation

in research, training, service delivery, and community engagement




Transformative leadership and mentoring


The Department straddles three key health institutions in the Western Cape, South Africa - Tygerberg, Stikland, and Lentegeur Hospitals - with psychiatric care at these hospitals reflecting the full spectrum of in- and out-patient psychiatric and psychological services spanning child and adolescent psychiatry, general adult psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, addiction services, therapeutic programs, and geriatric care. 

We also provide community outreach and support to regional and district hospitals within the Northern Metropole and West Coast/Winelands, in addition to running several specialist clinics. 

The Department is home to two South African Medical Research Council research units – the MRC Risk and Resilience Unit and the Genomics of Brain Disorders Unit - and the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. 
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Mental Health Information Centre​

​​​For any queries on mental health, including referral and treatment resources, please contact the Mental Health Information Centre​ at +27 21 938 9229 or via MentalHealthSA​


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MPhil Infant Mental Health Degree Program

Infant Mental Health Short Course
03 June 2024 –
08 July 2024