Student welfare and Support services host Motivational Session (November Men’s Health Awareness
BA ISAGO University through the Student Welfare & Support Services Department hosted a motivational talk for the boy child. The talk was held on the 11th November 2021, under the theme ‘Boys with dreams become men with vision’. The event was primarily held to address mental health issues and also create a platform for motivating the boy child. This event was scheduled in line with the men’s month of awareness (Movemeber). The awareness is centered on men’s involvement in the growing of moustaches during the month of November, raising awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s suicide, and mental health issues.
Giving his opening remarks Mr Mmokele, Lecturer- Quantity survey stated that the society should not leave men behind as most programmes are tailor made for women. He further emphasized that men’s mental health issues should not be taken lightly. Mr Ntebela, -Mental Health Specialist highlighted that most boys suffer because of the societal pressures/perceptions ascribed to masculinity. Mr Ntebela encouraged the boys to be vulnerable and to speak out when they were faced with challenges. He also made emphasis on how drugs have ended a lot of young men and boys careers and advised the boys to stay away from drugs.
To facilitate total engagement with the group, the life skills facilitator – Mr Odirile through exercise and energizers created a fun and informal learning environment which enhanced active involvement and participation and enabled intense group discussions.
The guest speaker Dj La-Timmy- Renowned artist and businessman pleaded with the boys to have self-discipline, to focus on what’s left and ignore what was gone. Dj La-Timmy said speaking from life experiences, life did not get easier, but rather one needed to get stronger. He shared on his challenges as a young artist and motivated the boys to dream big and chase their dreams. He also spoke about social media and how destructive it could be to one’s mental health, he further noted that people should learn to filter negativity that surrounds them and refocus on the positive thing that enhances their mental stability.
Giving his closing remarks Mr Rodrick Bolebano, the University SRC Vice President appreciated the speakers for their insightful words. He commended the SWSS for facilitating an event that engaged the boy child, further noting that such events were instrumental particularly for young men, as we molded them to become responsible men in society.