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Life Healthcare is a leading provider of private psychiatric services in South Africa, currently offering such services at six dedicated facilities in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Life Healthcare intends to widen access to, and meet the growing demand for private acute mental healthcare. Currently it operates 400 beds and plans to open more beds in 2014/15.

Our services

The mental healthcare services offered at these dedicated facilities include general psychiatry, treatment for substance dependence or other addictions associated with psychiatric disorders and, in certain cases, some psychiatric sub-specialities for high and medium acuity users. Post-discharge support is usually also offered. Treatments offered include evidence-based drug therapy, individual psychiatric consultations and psychotherapy, group therapy and, where needed, physical therapy. The group sessions are supportive and educational and have been geared towards our mental healthcare users’ needs.

Our holistic services are provided by a multidisciplinary team which, depending on individual mental healthcare user’s (MHCU) needs, could comprise medical practitioners such as psychiatrists; other healthcare professionals such as psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and counsellors; as well as nursing practitioners trained in mental health.

Two of our units, namely Life Glynnview and Life Poortview are licenced by the Department of Health to provide mental healthcare services to those needing assisted or involuntary admissions. There are strict criteria for admission into these highly secure wards. These are:

  • There is a presence of a mental illness.
  • There is likelihood of serious harm to themselves or others.
  • There is a need to protect the person’s financial interests or reputation.
  • They are incapable of making an informed decision.
  • They are unwilling to undergo care or treatment.

In keeping with the requirements of the Mental Health Act, the person needs to be observed and assessed over a 24 and 72 hour period and special forms need to be completed by an independent psychiatrist and mental health nurse. These forms are then sent off to an independent Mental Healthcare Review Board (overseen by the Department of Health), whose job is to ensure that the grounds of admission are legitimate.

During the person’s admission into the facility, they are observed, assessed, treated and managed so that their mood is adequately stabilised so that they are able to move from an involuntary or closed off ward to a voluntary ward with the rest of the other MHCUs. The length of stays in the involuntary units is usually very short.

Our quality

Life Healthcare is committed to providing mental healthcare users with service of world-class quality. By 2014, Life Mental Health will have achieved separate ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for its quality management systems.

Each dedicated mental healthcare unit has its own identity, making it unique in its individual way. Please click on the relevant units below to find out more about their Life Mental Health facilities and to determine which unit will suit your needs best.

Download our Mental Health brochure.

Mental healthcare services are offered at the following dedicated facilities:

Eastern Cape



Western Cape

For the latest news with regard to mental healthcare facility developments, click here.

CPD Programme

Life Mental Health is committed to providing quality, cost-effective, outcomes-driven, acute psychiatric services for patients with acute psychiatric conditions.

As part of our commitment to continuing professional development, we offer a number of educational activities presented by experts in the field of psychiatry.

We are dedicated to providing expert, multidisciplinary team related CPD events for our colleagues. These events are therefore put together to benefit all health professionals with an interest in psychiatry, in the interest of developing this exciting field of practice.

Our News

Click on the following below to hear our latest news:

World Alzheimer's Day - 21 September 2015
Mind Matters Newsletter - Issue 1 - Autumn 2013
Life Poortview turned One