Topics of Discussion: Mental Health Awareness Conversations 2021

17 March Adjusting to university  Adjusting to 2021: Lunch hour Charlize, Siya & Bongani 
31 March Building positive relationships     Charlize & Bongani
7 April Learning to be mindful Wellness month   Lungsi & Andiswa
12 April Monthly Mindfullness Monday     Lungsi
21 April 8 Ways to wellness     Megan & Thando
12 May Coping with grief and loss The art of bouncing back:  

Hanna & Philile

17 May Monthly Mindfulness Monday     Lungsi
26 May Resilience: The art of bouncing back     Zinzi, Curwyn & Hanna
2 June Youth in the 21st century: Mental health challenges and coping strategies  Youth Month 1.5hour Siya & Bongani
9 June Coping with exam stress    

Sheri-Ann, Tania & Blanch

14 June Monthly Mindfulness Monday     Lungsi
4 August Healthy relationships Women’s Month   Lisa, Bongani & Alizwa

18 August

Gender and sexual-based violence

    Tania & Blanch
23 August Monthly Mindfulness Monday     Lungsi
8 September Understanding depression Suicide Awareness Month   Lungsi & Bongani
22 September Suicide prevention     Curwyn & Bongani
27 September Monthly Mindfulness Monday     Lungsi
6 October Substance use and mental health (World Mental Health Awareness Month)    Charles
13 October Understanding and coping with anxiety     Tania
20 October Toxic relationships and mental health     Lisa & Bongani
27 October Coping with burnout     Philile & Alizwa
1 November Monthly Mindfulness Monday     Lungsi


Career Development

Title Description

Career Assessment and Counselling 


The programme consists of a workshop and assessment session in which participants complete career-related questionnaires and inventories which assess personality traits, interests, values, career identity etc. Thereafter, participants meet their counsellor for an individual career counselling session.
Career Outreach This programme serves Grade 12 scholars from previously disadvantaged schools which mainly include the Mandela University feeder schools identified by the Marketing and Corporate Relations Department of the Mandela University. These scholars spend about 3 hours with us in career programme which helps them identify their personality characteristics, interests and values and guides them towards a career decision.  It also provides them with career information.
Subject choice (Grade 9) Grade 9 scholars from previously disadvantaged schools, which mainly include the Mandela University feeder schools, are identified by the Marketing and Corporate Relations Department of the Mandela University. These scholars spend about 3 hours with us in a programme which helps them identify their interests, abilities and values, and guides them towards choosing their subjects for Grade 10 and ultimately working towards making a career decision.

Career Decison Making

This interactive workshop aims to help registered Mandela University students who are unsure of their career choice. We guide them through a process of identifying their interests, values, personality and career identity, discuss possible options.  
Employability Skills This programme offers participants a complete package which will facilitate their job search.

The programme consists of the following job-search skills modules:

  • Module 1: Knowing who you are
  • Module 2: Marketing yourself
  • Module 3: Portfolio of personal marketing documents (i.e., CV, Cover Letter, Application Form, Portfolio)
  • Module 4: Interview Preparation and Interview Skills

Personal Development

Title Description
Stress Management This workshop is aimed at helping students to better manage their stress and covers the following aspects:
  • Understanding what stress is
  • Identifying signs of stress
  • Learning new ways of coping with stress
True Colours Personality Characteristics Personality is one of the most enduring aspects of one’s character and influences many aspects of one’s life. This interactive workshop is aimed at helping participants identify the strengths and shadow sides of their particular personality type and how this relates to other areas of their life.
Self-esteem Research has shown that people who feel positively about themselves are more likely to engage in meaningful relationships as well as activities that encourage growth and innovation. This workshop is aimed at assisting participants in increasing the positive feelings that they have about themselves.
  • Introduce the concept of self esteem and its underlying principles
  • Risk saying “I like me”
  • Explore the concept of self esteem by looking at formal definitions
  • Provide participants with the necessary skills to build self esteem
8 Ways to Wellness Balancing many different roles and responsibilities is a common theme for many individuals.

This workshop focuses on raising participant’s awareness concerning 8 areas of wellness and working towards changes to maximize potential!

Appreciating Diversity We live in a dynamic, multi-cultural and global world! Understanding and appreciating people from cultures different from one’s own can open up a variety of rich growth experiences and help to build relationships between amazing people.

This interactive workshop aims to increase participants’ awareness of different aspects surrounding diversity, such as similarities and differences between people as well as concepts such as stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.

Community Building This workshop is aimed at facilitating positive interaction between members of the same community. The focus lies in creating awareness about the characteristics of a community and empowering leaders to create a sense of community within their circles.
Dealing with loneliness and homesickness University can be a big adjustment in many ways. Sometimes this experience might leave one feeling lonely or homesick. This workshop will assist students in:
  • Understanding what homesickness and loneliness is, why it develops and how it makes people feel
  • Identifying ways to cope with homesickness and loneliness and what one can do to improve things

The workshop also provides one with the opportunity to meet and connect with people who may have similar experiences.

Dealing with Peer Pressure This workshop aims to assist participants who may be exposed to different lifestyles & values, be faced with choices/decisions, or perhaps have to deal with pressure from peers to engage in new behaviours.


Assertiveness and Conflict Management This workshop has the following aims in mind:
  • To educate students about the assertiveness continuum
  • To educate students on the use of I-messages
  • To assist students in identifying their conflict management style
  • To educate students on the steps in conflict management
  • To raise the students’ awareness of how they can develop their conflict management skills using the steps in conflict management.
Emotional Intelligence Part of Emotional intelligence is concerned with gaining better understanding of one’s emotions as well being able to effectively and appropriately express those emotions.

The aims of this workshop are to:

  • To gain an awareness of EQ
  • To be able to estimate your own EQ
To explore the concept of EQ in terms of its elements and some relevant theory
WQHE assessment The Wellness Questionnaire for Higher Education (WQHE) is a holistic wellness assessment tool that focuses on 7 dimensions of wellness of an individual as a means of further developing one’s potential.

Learning Development

Title Description

Learning Enhancement Checklist


It is a holistic instrument in that it focuses on a broad range of factors, from personal barriers to the study environment that may be interfering with a student’s success. It is also used by students who want to further develop their academic potential.

By using this instrument as an early warning intervention, students are better able to identify barriers and work towards their success.

Unlocking your learning potential

(Learning styles)

All students have a specific learning style that is characterised by strengths and growth areas, and that show preference for certain learning behaviours. This workshop aims to assist students in indentifying their prominent learning style, enabling them to become aware of root causes that may impede or grow their academic performance.

Please Note:

Workshops are run upon request. Please contact us should you wish to arrange a workshop session.

In addition, regular workshops and programmes are conducted throughout the year at the various Student Counselling Centres across the campus'.

Please contact us for more information.