As we mark National Mental Health Awareness Month this July, we explore mental health. In South Africa, 30.3% of adults experience a mental
disorder in their lifetimes – that's close to one-to-three people. But while so many are affected by it, mental illness remains stigmatized, and many
are uncomfortable to talk about it.
Firstly, what is mental health exactly?
According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the "psychological
state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment". Mental health may include an individual's ability to
enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
We spoke to Xolisile Ntuli, National Student Relations Manager at The IIE's Rosebank College to find out more.
Why should students take their mental health seriously?
Stress is a gateway to mental illness. Whenever we are stressed and do not attend to the cause of the stress, we can open up a door to mental illness.
Mental health is mostly neglected and here are some reasons that it should be taken seriously.
- It influences our decisions. When we are less anxious or stressed, we are more likely to make informed decisions.
- It enhances your ability to cope with stressful situations
- It helps us to maintain healthy relationships and boundaries.
- It promotes healthy coping skills. Our mental health helps us to tap into that ability to bounce back from challenges.
- It enhances our ability to cope with setbacks.
- It promotes healthy levels of self-esteem and self-motivation.
What can students do to make sure that their mental health remains healthy?
- Exercise to relieve stress and improve your mood.
- Talk to someone that you trust about stressful situations or anything that could potentially cause you high unmanageable levels of stress.
- Sleep is very important, prioritise it.
- Avoid consuming alcohol or any other drug, especially as a way to relieve stress.
- Invest time in your interests and hobbies.
- Keep watch over your thoughts. You are your best motivator and unfortunately sometimes your own discourager.
For more information and free and confidential counselling, please contact the Student Relations Manager on your campus.
About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.
Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of
Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's
Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses,
and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.
We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development.
For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za