Unam says mental health a priority after student’s suicide

Kondyeni Abraham

Following the death of a University of Namibia (Unam) student in a suspected suicide last week, Unam spokesperson Simon Namesho says the university is sensitising students about mental health.

A second-year computer science student, Kondyeni Abraham (20), was found dead in his hostel room on Unam’s Windhoek campus last week.

He is suspected to have taken his own life, according to the police.

Friends of Abraham say he was worried about his examinations and financial difficulties.

Namesho told The Namibian on Wednesday that during their orientation period and through various awareness campaigns such as a mental health month and a peer-to-peer support system, students are provided with basic counselling and referrals to counsellors.

“We actively communicate the availability of mental health services through various channels, including ongoing awareness campaigns, social media platforms and commemorations. Student counsellors also host group therapy sessions and general discussions to educate students about mental health challenges and the available support,” he said.

Read more in the Friday edition of The Namibian

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