Student Counselling and Health Director, Naseem Haniff

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) students came out in their numbers to attend the Student Health and Mental Wellness Fair hosted last Thursday, 01 August 2018 at the Ritson Campus.

The Student Health and Mental Wellness Fair was coordinated by The Department of Student Counselling and Health, in partnership with, Isolempilo Health Clinic, the Department of Somatology, The South African National Blood Services and other partners.

The objective of the Fair was to address student related health and mental issues such as destigmatising mental illnesses and make students aware of the vast facilities at their disposable at DUT in matters concerning their health.

Student Counselling and Health Director, Naseem Haniff, expressed her excitement on the positive response by students. “This event has gone exceptionally well. The students have been actively engaging with our facilities. Before we had even officially started the event, students were already outside waiting to come in and access valuable information about mental health,” said Haniff.

Zaaki Jacobs, a recovering drug addict and ex-convict expressed to students how important it is that they make the most out of their opportunities. “Unfortunately I dropped out of school at a young age. The only thing I have to my name is a murder charge. Make every second count. I wish I was in University studying to make a better life for myself,” said Jacobs.

DUT’s Lynette Chetty, mentioned how the number of students who attended the event, contributed to its success. “The event was a tremendous success due to a large number of students that attended the mental health and wellness fair. The purpose of the event is to promote health consciousness among our students and to be aware of various health and wellness interventions that are available to them. Students are now aware of the various service providers should they require medical and psychological assistance.” said Chetty.

Pictured: Student Counselling and Health Director, Naseem Haniff, poses with student who won a tablet at one of the lucky draws during the event.

Thembela Makhuba