Our society is facing escalating mental health challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is not immune to these pressing challenges.
The university is deeply committed to the wellbeing of its students, staff and our broader community. Prompted by these challenges, which have become symptomatic of the global pandemic psyche, the UKZN Corporate Relations Division (CRD) has devised a UKZN Wellbeing Communication Strategy with communication and engagement as its core.
The CRD aims to support and intensify the concept and awareness of wellbeing across its campuses, complemented by the work of experts rendering their respective professional interventions.
The Wellbeing Communication Strategy aims to:
- Promote the UKZN Wellbeing approach;
- Increase awareness of the importance of wellbeing and self-care;
- Increase and encouraging staff and student engagement in wellbeing initiatives;
- Promote understanding of wellbeing levels across UKZN; and
- Embed the philosophy of wellbeing as a strategic imperative, engaging in the promotion of wellbeing activities and behaviour that enhance productivity and reduce absenteeism and presenteeism.
UKZN calls on staff and students to take care of themselves and others, in all aspects of their lives. College Student Support Services and Human Resources Division have various wellness initiatives in place, and staff and students across the institution are encouraged to participate in these programmes.
We urge our campus communities to be receptive of useful information about exercise, nutrition, self-care, compassion for others, resilience, and managing stress and other mental wellbeing concerns, as well as social connection. This information will be shared periodically through the intranet, interactive webinars, UKZNdaba, social media platforms and around our campuses, including the residences.
To launch the UKZN Wellbeing Communication Strategy, CRD invites staff and students to reach out to our team of experts who are available to help. Click here to access these support services today.
The University remains committed to creating an environment that promotes the mental health and wellbeing of staff and students.