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RadioDUT recently conducted a survey amongst the student body where students were selected at random to answer questions pertaining to mental health care.

One out of the ten students randomly picked identified the counselling services as effective. The remaining nine students listed numerous reasons as to why they had never sought out these services.

One young lady described the idea of attending counselling sessions as “embarrassing”, saying she couldn’t trust person she had never met and would rather “suffer in silence.”

University students face challenges, pressures and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed. They might be living on their own for the first time and feeling homesick. They’re adapting to new schedules and workloads, adjusting to life with roommates, and figuring out how to belong. Money and intimate relationships also can serve as major sources of stress. Dealing with these changes during the transition from adolescence to adulthood can trigger or unmask depression during college in some young adults.

Remember, getting treatment at the earliest sign of a problem can relieve symptoms and help students succeed in University.


For counselling queries e-mail or contact South African Depression and Anxiety Group

E-mail: [email protected]

To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday,
Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax number: 011 234 8182

For a suicidal Emergency contact us on 0800 567 567

24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14

By Thandeka Hlongwa

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