By: Jayda Lunan
Mandeville, Jamaica- A new health initiative, dubbed the NEWSTART challenge, geared towards improving the mental well-being of those it caters for, is now in motion.
The initiative by NCU’s Psychology Students’ Association (PSA), has been on Instagram since Monday, October 5.
NEWSTART is an acronym that stands for Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest, & Trust in God.
According to 2020/21 Projects Director of the PSA, Jadah Richards, the campaign challenges students to improve their mental health by focusing each day on how one letter, that represents a word from the acronym, can help them personally.
“We want to help students have a ‘new start’ for this semester amidst the many pressures of responsibilities and academia,” she said.
Richards explained that a reward system was attached to the challenge to help ease the mental stress that may develop from the pressures students face.
Prizes will be awarded to the three persons who posted most consistently over the 8 days and gained the most likes on their posts.
The winners will receive phone credit in the amount of USD $15 for first place, USD $9 for second place, and USD $6 for third place.
“The use of social media platforms allows for students to become more creative and innovative in sharing their content,” Richards said.
Students can follow the Psychology Students’ Association on Instagram @ncu_psa to participate in the challenge.