The Durban University of Technology Employee Wellness Programme (EWP) held a Mental Health Awareness workshop for the University’s Maintenance Department last Friday (31 May 2019) at the DUT library complex building, Steve Biko Campus.
The mental health workshop was initiated by the Manager: Maintenance, Zukiswa Mtulu after observing and engaging with her team to address their challenges as a department. The primary aim of the workshop was to highlight and raise awareness on depression, coping with stress, balancing personal life and work. This workshop was also a way which Mtulu wanted to expose and make her team aware of the avenues within the institution that have been created to assist employees with the challenges they each face. Depression has been named as one of the core issues that has been affecting the team and its productivity.
According to Nozibusisio Nyawose a clinical psychologist who was the key speaker at the workshop, depression is a mood disorder which affects ones’ emotions and how one cognitively functions, it (depression) also affects behaviour and may lead to insomnia, excessive drinking, drugs and eventually unmanageable stress.
“I want the employees to know that there is help out there, they might not feel comfortable to come to me but the Employee Wellness Programme (EWP) is there to support them, “said Mtulu.
The Employee Wellness Department also wanted to make employees aware of all their services that they offer. “The Employee Wellness office is a resource that is there to assist all employees and their families. Our doors are open whenever you need assistance. We have professional help on standby at no cost. Should we see that you need external assistance of professionals such as psychologists, we also assist with seeking that for you as well,” said Samantha Rajcoomar, Manager Employee Wellness Programme.
Other key speakers present at the workshop were Ayanda Mkhize from the Old Mutual Financial education department who spoke and advised the team on ways to save money and budget to avoid being caught in debts as financial strains are amongst the leading causes of depression and substance abuse (excessive drinking).
If you feel you need help or know of a colleague that may need help, the DUT Employee Wellness offices are situated on the first floor at the Tromso building in Steve Biko Campus. The team was also treated to massages from the Somatology department and health screenings.
Pictured: The DUT Employee Wellness Programme team, invited guest speakers, Zukiswa Mtulu (Manager: Maintenance) and her team during their Mental Health Workshop last Friday (31 May 2019).