11 episodes

This podcast is aimed at enhancing the mental health of students at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Student Counselling Unit Mental Health & Well-being Podcast Student Counselling Unit - University of Pretoria

    • Health & Fitness

This podcast is aimed at enhancing the mental health of students at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

    S2: Episode 2 - Succeeding with Postgraduate Studies

    S2: Episode 2 - Succeeding with Postgraduate Studies

    This is our 2nd podcast episode of Season 2 proudly brought to you by the Student Counselling Unit (SCU) at the University of Pretoria. This episode has been conceptualized and hosted by Miss Ntombi Ndaba, Intern Counselling Psychologist at the SCU and will focus on postgraduates, specifically how to succeed with postgraduate studies. Our expert speaker for this episode is Ms Sibongile Sibanyoni, a Clinical Psychologist at the Student Counselling Unit (SCU) at UP. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Rhodes University and an undergraduate and Honours level degree in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also currently a PhD candidate at UNISA. 

    USEFUL RESOURCES:

    Career Services - https://www.up.ac.za/career-services Contact 012 420 6438 or careerservices@up.ac.za to book an appointment with a Career Services consultant/advisor on campus.

    Fees and Funding - https://www.up.ac.za/article/2749200/fees-and-funding Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Pretoria https://www.up.ac.za/programmes/type/pg

    Library Services: Postgraduate Online Training https://library.up.ac.za/c.php?g=1128848or research.commons@up.ac.za General library enquiries: Telephone: 012 420 2235/6, WhatsApp: 066 509 1285, Email: library.enquiries@up.ac.za

    Postgraduate Support Office - https://www.up.ac.za/postgraduate-support

    Postdoctoral Fellowships https://www.up.ac.za/postgraduatesupport/article/2959913/postdoctoral-fellowships-

    Student Counselling Unit (SCU) - https://www.up.ac.za/student-counselling

    Self-Help Material for Students https://www.up.ac.za/student-counselling/article/2886238/self-help-material-for-students

    Formal individual psychotherapy or a career assessment - please send an email to studentcounselling@up.ac.za Leave your name, student number, a cell phone number, your faculty and campus, as well as a short message - we will be in touch.

    For all other enquiries call 012 420 2333. Remember that if you need to talk to someone immediately, it is advisable to call 0800 747 747

    SCU-B Student Counselling Chatbot to Boost Student Well-Being https://www.up.ac.za/news/post_2958947--up-launches-scu-b-student-counselling-chatbot-to-boost-student-well-being

    Student Health Services - https://www.up.ac.za/student-health-services 012 420 2500 or info.shs@up.ac.za to schedule an appointment

    Student Service Centre https://www.up.ac.za/department-enrolment-and-student-administration/article/2689644/welcome-to-the-student-service-centre Enquiries: 012 420 3111 or ssc@up.ac.za

    • 25 min
    SEASON 2: Episode 1 - Adjusting well to university for 1st years & beyond

    SEASON 2: Episode 1 - Adjusting well to university for 1st years & beyond

    The Student Counselling Unit (SCU) at UP (University of Pretoria) is proud to bring you a second season of valuable mental health and well-being podcast episodes. The very first episode of this season focuses on how first year students can adjust well to university. Considering that after Covid hit, students who started university in 2020 and 2021 did not really get a chance to be on campus, this topic may also be relevant not only for 1st years but also for 2nd and 3rd year university students.

    This episode has been conceptualized and hosted by Miss Raquael Fereirra, Intern Counselling Psychologist at the SCU. Our expert guest speaker is Ms Mashudu Nefale, a dedicated Clinical psychologist who works at the SCU with vast experience in providing innovative treatment to assist with mental health struggles. She is committed to serving as an ongoing support from diagnosis, evaluation through to implementation of treatment. She is also experienced in collaborating with other relevant stakeholders to ensure that patients/clients are supported holistically.

    Contact details of all UP resources (for registered UP students) mentioned on this episode can be accessed via the UP website at https://www.up.ac.za/

    Contact details for external resources (for non-UP students or family and friends of UP students) are listed below:


    Lifeline - 011 728 1347 (Free general counselling)
    Sadag (South African Depression and Anxiety Group - 0800 456 789 (Free 24hr mental health helpline)
    FAMSA (Families South Africa) - Free counselling for individuals, couples and families. Pretoria Branch. For general information contact: (012) 460 0733, 012 460 0738, 012 346 3058. https://www.famsapretoria.co.za/
    Tears Foundation (access to free crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse). Helpline: Dial *134*7355# Landline: 010 590 5920 Email: info@tears.co.za
    Gender Based Violence Command Centre - 0800 428 428 or “please call me” facility: *120*7867#.

    • 29 min
    S1: Episode 9 - Suicide Prevention

    S1: Episode 9 - Suicide Prevention

    This podcast episode is proudly brought to you by the Student Counselling Unit at the University of Pretoria. The expert guest speaker for this podcast episode is Ms Vanishaa Gordan, the Operations Manager from Sadag (South African Depression and Anxiety Group). Ms Gordan will be sharing valuable information with our listeners on what signs to look out for in loved one's who may be suicidal and how to assist them to get the necessary help timeously. She will also share important suicide prevention resources with you on this episode.

    • 22 min
    S1: Episode 8 - Gender Based Violence: Prevention and Support

    S1: Episode 8 - Gender Based Violence: Prevention and Support

    This is the 8th podcast episode in the Student Counselling Unit's Mental Health and Wellbeing podcast series. In this episode we will unpack an extremely important topic, namely Gender Based Violence. We will explore some of the following questions, (1) what constitutes GBV? (2) How should we speak about and raise awareness about GBV? (3) What are some of the possible reasons for the high rates of GBV in South Africa? (4) How can we assist a friend or family member who may be a victim of GBV? (5) What supportive services regarding GBV are available to our University of Pretoria (UP) students? The expert speaker for this episode is my colleague, Mr Sikander Kalla, a Clinical Psychologist who has a strong compassion for mental health advocacy and awareness particularly with regard to unpacking topics such as masculinity, gender based violence and navigating through identity. He currently works at our Student Counselling Unit at UP assisting students at the Medical campus, he is in private practice in Johannesburg and he also assists community members at the Folateng clinic.

    • 50 min
    S1: Episode 7 - Thinking Traps - unhelpful thinking patterns & how to change them

    S1: Episode 7 - Thinking Traps - unhelpful thinking patterns & how to change them

    This episode is on “thinking traps” and has been inspired by Aron Beck’s cognitive model, which explains that at times our thoughts can become distorted and influence our view of ourselves, others, the world and the future. Everyone experiences thinking traps to some degree. As such, our students may also unknowingly experience thinking traps which may negatively impact their academic performance, social interactions and mental health. 

    During the course of this podcast episode we will share with you how thinking traps are defined, we will explore the different types of thinking traps, discussing the possible consequences of certain thinking traps and most importantly we will provide practical skills and techniques that one can use to start modifying his/her thinking patterns for the benefit of their mental health and well-being.

    Our expert speaker for this episode is Dr Linda Eskell-Blokland, the current Acting Head of the Student Counselling Unit (SCU) at the University of Pretoria. She is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating psychological and psychiatric disorders with cognitive behaviour therapy and a systemic approach. She has taken a keen interest and involvement with community mental health and providing disadvantaged communities with relevant mental health services. 

    • 20 min
    S1: Episode 6 - Understanding Anxiety

    S1: Episode 6 - Understanding Anxiety

    This is our 6th podcast episode. For this episode, we will unpack what anxiety is, what are common symptoms of anxiety, what can contribute to anxiety and how anxiety is treated.  Practical tips and advice on how to manage anxiety will also be explored.

    Our expert speaker for this episode is Mr Quintin Ludick, a registered Clinical Psychologist with 11 years experience who works at the Student Counselling Unit at UP. He has worked in both public and private settings and he has a special interest in assisting people with trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. Having to live with an anxiety disorder himself, he agreed to do this podcast episode to send a message of hope to listeners that anxiety does not have to rule your life!

    • 49 min

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