Student Wellness Centre

By: Azuka Manqola

We live in an era where it is shameful to be open about one’s mental health. Mental health is the state of being well where through a person is not affected negatively by emotions such as trauma and anger. It is very important to take care of your mental health as this contributes to your behaviour and actions.

When experiencing difficulties, it is vital that you consult someone who can be trusted. Once you block help from others, you may end up becoming a threat to yourself. Generally, it is very important to encourage people living with mental illnesses to seek assistance and treatment, because detrimental mental health situations could lead to violence. Luckily, for Nelson Mandela University students, we have assistance in the form of The Emthonjeni Student Wellness.

This organization is provided by the university and is there to support students who suffer from mental illnesses. It was launched because of the diversity of the university – many students come from different places where it is very difficult to attain help from their family members or surroundings. Everything going on in people’s lives coupled with COVID-19 caused students’ mental health to take a hard knock which directly affects their academics. This is what the wellness centre is for.

It offers free and confidential counselling to students, and is there to raise awareness about mental health, time management, sexual violation and other factors pertaining to a young adult’s life. Emthonjeni Student Wellness is there for you.

You can contact them with the details provided below.

Port Elizabeth


  • South Campus – 041 504 2174
  • North Campus – 041 504 1149 
  • Missionvale Campus – 041 504 1374
  • 2nd Avenue Campus – 041 504 3762

George Campus

  • Staff & Students – 044 801 5062 

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