about The bell house

The Bell House is a Private Mental Health Facility. We support adults who are in need of care, structure and support in achieving a joyful, independent and purpose driven life.

We are referred to as a psychiatric facility, mental health facility, residential facility or group home.

Our clients often are living with burnout, stress and or mental health conditions including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar mood disorder, Schizophrenia and Psychosis.   

The Bell House was established to provide a rehabilitative and caring environment for people who were previously left with no option but to live in a mental institution or in a psychiatric hospital.

Many people suffering from mental health conditions have either isolated themselves or been abandoned by their families and friends. They no longer participate in their families, society, the work place and/or their communities.

Mental Health is diverse and often families are unable to support a loved one while they deal with their illness and as they are not trained in this field, this is understandable.

The Bell House offers a comprehensive Life Skills Training Program that is designed to upskill our clients to reintegrate back into their family systems, participate in communities and where possible enter back into the world of work.

While our clients participate in our Life Skills Training Program, they are more equipped to change the direction of their lives for the better. With the support of our structured weekly program, our clients are in a position to grow personally and where needed heal.

We have 2 homes, one based at 935 Vale Road, Weltevreden Park and the other at 33 Andries Bruyn Street, Horison in Roodepoort. We offer either single or shared accommodation while our clients complete our comprehensive Life Skills Training Program, workshops, activities, individual and group coaching. We do offer daily and weekly sessions to clients who do not need accommodation.

what the bell house offers

Residential Care

We offer either shared or single accommodation for clients who participate in our Life Skills Training Program. We have study areas, 1 common area (lounge), private counselling/coaching rooms, 1 dining area and a lovely outside entertainment area. Our facilities are homely with proximity to the library, health centres and local shops. 

Life Skills Training Program

Our Life Skills Training Program run from Monday to Friday 09h30 to 12h30. Our interactive group training sessions focus on the following 4 areas of personal growth:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Skills

Our qualified Life Coaches facilitate sessions such as: Boundaries, Values and Beliefs, Relationships, Time Management, Co-Dependency, Conflict Management, Communication Skills and Stress Management.

In addition to the Life Skills Training Program we take interest in our clients and offer various activities, exercise classes and workshops. These workshops take place in the afternoons and weekends.


We take interest in all our residents and offer various classes and workshops which must be attended by all, as this contributes to the well being, growth and development of our residents. 

Daily participation

All Residents are required to participate in the daily running of the home. This includes basic household chores, meal preparation, gardening and general maintenance. As part of our time management module a weekly schedule of duties is updated and where necessary, duties are rostered and changed.

Residents are required to keep their personal living areas neat and tidy and wash their own laundry and bedding. It is a prerequisite that all Residents maintain a high standard of personal hygiene.



The Bell House is a sober house. We have zero tolerance towards drug and alcohol use. We have a partnership with our local security company and any client and/or visitor who is found to be under the influence will be escorted off the premises and may face prosecution.

We have a zero-tolerance policy towards non-compliance of taking medication as prescribed by relevant doctor/psychiatrist.

We have a zero-tolerance policy with regards to the breach of The Bell House Rules and Regulations.

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The Founder

My grey clouds disappear when I bring sunshine to others – Rowene Johnston.

Rowene Johnston is founder of The Bell House, a group home for adults living with mental health disorders. Rowene is a certified META, NLP and Life Skills Coach, a HR Professional with the SABPP and a member of COMENSA. 

As one of three directors of NPO; The School of Life, Rowene is committed to connecting opportunities for corporates and individuals to work in communities to help break the cycle of poverty. This includes up-skilling orphaned and vulnerable young adults through life skills training and workshops. 

Rowene experienced the pressure of the corporate world as relentless. During her 25 year career in recruitment, sales, training and human resources, she remained stress tolerant and relied on her adrenaline to keep her going. When she experienced anxiety, she self medicated and worked harder to relieve the time pressures. Over the years Rowene hid her sad feelings and her negative thoughts, there was no way she was going to reach out and let anyone in, she’d handle this herself. Rowene recounts how real and discriminatory the stigma of depression and anxiety are. 

After years volunteering as a coach and trainer at various NPO’s and charities, Rowene found through awareness; acknowledgement and acceptance how to practically apply the life skills learnt. With the support of her family and friends she is able to maintain her well being. 

The need to support people living with clinical depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit and hyper activity disorder (ADHD) is in huge demand in South Africa. 

The Bell House was started as a group home to support, guide, encourage and up skill adults with mental health disorders so they too can find well being and take the next step in living a joyful, independent and purpose driven life. 


Application Process

The Bell House considers applications of physically fit adults who are currently stable in their psychiatric care.  We give preference to applications of adults over the age of 40.

As this is a private facility, a financial contract of agreement is signed once an application has been accepted.

The Application Steps:

  • Availability is determined
  • A telephonic screening to match suitability is conducted
  • Application forms are send to relevant party for review
  • A walk through of The Bell House takes place
  • A face to face assessment is conducted at a fee of R595
  • The applicant is accepted on a 6 week trial period
  • An invoice is submitted and once payment is made – the check in process starts

The Bell House is committed to providing you with the best possible service, care and support.

contact us

Physical Address:

935 Vale Road

Weltevreden Park


South Africa




(011) 475 1299


Admissions and information: 

Rowene Johnston

Cell: 082 344 9709

Email: Rowene@thebellhouse.co.za


Head of Admin: 

Siphiwe Zikalala

Cell: 072 042 0234


Please complete the details below if you have any questions or would like to enquire about availability.