Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling in Western Cape Schools

Substance Abuse Mobile Counselling in Western Cape Schools

This past week was really exciting as we took the Advice Support inititiave to another level by collaborating with 5 Non-profits to provide drug counselling using cellphones in 5 different districts accross Cape Town. The initial areas idenitfied are Khayalitsha, Miitchells Plain, Atlantis, Athlone, Paarl, Wellington and Stellenbosch.
Although each area have its own set of problems and different dynamics, we’ve found that using technology as the entry point of discussion was of interest to the learners at the various schools. Over the past week approximately 1,600 learners were part of the MoCo Schools programme. Although the chat service will officially be going live to the learners next week Thursday, already more than 150 learners have subscribed to the service, with a further 410 adding our Angel information service to their MXit accounts.

This is exciting as it is only the beginning and with more schools coming on board we are keen to see how learners will adopt mobile counselling as a form of outreach to support and advice in the area of substance abuse.


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