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​Discovery Health and Netcare 911 offer free counselling for Wits staff

Discovery Health and Netcare 911 offer free counselling for Wits staff

The commitment and contribution of Wits staff members during the recent difficult period have been exceptional. Staff did; however, voice the need for counselling following these events. From 15 to 17 November 2016, Wits joined hands with Discovery Health and Netcare 911 to offer free counselling to staff members who indicated a need.

Over the three days, staff members had the benefit of 45-minute counselling sessions with professionals from Netcare 911 and Discovery Health. Group counselling sessions were also available on request. There will be another opportunity to visit a counsellor on 23 November 2016.

This free counselling initiative with support from Discovery Health and Netcare 911, followed from numerous requests made to the Counselling and Careers Development Unit. To address the specific needs of staff members, the Unit worked with Discovery Health and Netcare 911 to offer tailored one-on-one or group counselling sessions for staff members. Being part of the medical scheme is not a requirement and this free counselling is aimed specifically at providing the necessary support to address any adverse impact of activities across campuses over recent weeks.

“It is important to get support to deal with any possible after effects of exposure to traumatic incidents. Discovery Health offers trauma support through trained counsellors, and we gladly extend these services to staff members at Wits who feel they may need it,” said Dr Maurice Goodman, Chief Medical Officer of Discovery Health.

Based on the interest in the first sessions, Discovery Health and Netcare 911 will be available for further sessions on 23 November 2016. To book a counselling session, please contact Health Touch on 011 529 8765. 



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About Discovery Limited

Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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