By Tendai Nyambara|Nust-Zw
I found myself looking for a counselling section on the Nust Website a month ago as I had attended a training with an organisation called SAYWHAT (students and Youth working on Reproductive health Action Team) and a question was posed on us as whether we knew where to access contact details for our counsellors incase we might need their assistance and I was one of those who could not answer. I then decided to browse the website to find their details and it took me quite a while to locate their division but still i could not find their details.
Last week I then attended a Nust wellness day in which I met a lot of health practitioners like a dentist who told me I needed to get my tooth a filling, and an optomotrist who checked my eyes and told me that it was highly possible that my eyes were light sensitive and that I needed to see her as soon as possible , but the most interesting talk I had was with the Nust division of students which deals with counselling .
As students we find ourselves in difficult situations where we need help and sometimes we are too proud to communicate .I am trying to imagine a guy at the verge of debt ,they cannot pay rentals in Selbourne Park, the guy probably needs money for food and is trying to manage school work at the same time even if they would love for their parents to help they know how bad the situation is at home whilst with ladies because possibly how the society has shaped us ,it could be pregnancy but I don’t want anyone to know that I am pregnant.I am ashamed most probably.
Last year the August to December semester at Nust was probably the scariest and the most disturbing semesters I have ever seen even though it was only my third semester ever since I have started at Nust.
There were cases of suicides happening one after the other, I recall the one of the first year student who decided to sleep on the railway line https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chronicle.co.zw/pregnant-nust-student-in-train-suicide/amp/and another one was when second year student was found dead in his room by the res and what surprised me was that ,I usually met this guy from afar and he looked ‘well’.https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-146433.html
As we walk around campus every day we are just students that have too much school pressure ,life pressures, too much expectations from our parents and the only way possible to vent out that stress is through partying but I am wondering is that even the right way to do things?
According to the American Psychiatric Association depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately it is also treatable https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression, but it does not have to go to the state of treating when you can just go for counselling services.
Speaking to R. Ndebele a counsellor under the Nust division of student Affairs :Counselling services she mentioned that they offered were one on one, group, relationship, family and even academic counselling in case you have failed and it’s causing some serious negative vibes on you.
She highlighted that students do not come for counselling services as much they would expect them to and even if they did its a few who actually do.
“Students only come when they are on the verge of breaking point”, she said.
And this is definitely not healthy according to her. Could then this be an issue of students that are ignorant and not interested or who probably do not even where to find the division in the Nust website is and have tried looking but failed or the department does not engage with students as often they should ? .Food for thought!