STUDENTS WELLNESS CENTRE
The University is in the process of setting up a one stop students’ wellness center. The goal of Student Wellness Centre is to promote mental, psychological, physical, intellectual as well as spiritual wellbeing of the students in and out campus; extend services to the surrounding community in the spirit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to all those who walk through the doors of University of Nairobi and beyond; partially generate funds to support needy students through personal and group therapy to staff and general public; and finally to provide an avenue for internships for those students doing counselling and psychology courses.
Aim of Student Wellness Centre (SWC)
- To promote mental, psychological, physical, intellectual as well as spiritual wellbeing of the students in and out campus.
- To extend services to the surrounding community in the spirit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to all those who walk through its doors and beyond.
- To partially generate funds to support needy students
- Provide an avenue for internships
Expected Activities at the Students Wellness Center
Some of the expected Activities at the Students wellness center includes but not limited to one-on-one individual counselling, group therapy sessions, mental health discussions and debates, mentorship and coaching programs, psychological assessments and reports, trainings for various groups on various issues such as leadership, basic counselling skills for staff and students, self-awareness, life skills, reproductive health, courtship and marriage for finalists, retirement preparedness for staff, trauma and grief management, disaster management , conducting a wellness week, cultural week, organizing campaigns and sensitizations against HIV/AIDS, drug and substance, exam cheating, abortions and un planned pregnancies, supporting financially needy students, personal therapy sessions, counselor supervision and community outreach activities among others.
Expected outcome of the Students Wellness Center
- Ensure all round formed professionals
- Minimize use of drugs and substance abuse
- Ensure physical and mental health for students and staff
- Create an avenue for students to realize their talents and expertise e.g. leadership role and professional expertise
- Minimize exam cheating, goonism and indiscipline among students
- Timely students’ completion rates
Student Wellness Staff/Facilitators
- Trained psychologists/counsellors
- Mental health professionals
- Physicians and psychiatrists
- Intern-counsellors and sociologist
- Social workers
- Peer counsellors/ peer-educators
- Clerks and secretaries
- Student leaders
The Students Wellness Center will work in collaboration with both internal and external partners:
Internal partners: University Management, Department of Psychology and Sociology, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA), Peer Counsellors/Educators, Religious Organizations, Professional Students Organizations and Clubs, Students Welfare Authority (SWA), Sports & Games Department, University Health Services (UHS) and RADA App.
External partners: Ministry of Health, NACADA, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, I Choose Life, Befrienders Kenya, Kenyatta University, Corporates, Donors, Chiromo Lane Medical Centre, Africa Mental Health Foundation, Global Mental Health Program (Columbia University).
For more information contact:
If you need counselling please do not hesitate to reach out to the following:
College of Health Sciences
School of Business
School of Law
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and Wangari Mathai Institute
College of Biological and Physical and Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Architecture and Engineering
Dr. Njiiru Wa Ngigi Thayu
College of Education and External Studies
Dr. Pamela Lunjalu