Mental Health Awareness Month 2022 | Best Practices for Campus Leaders

Mental Health Awareness Month 2022 | Best Practices for Campus Leaders

While life is starting to return to normal after more than two years of instability caused by a global pandemic, it’s no secret that campus administrators are seeing a mental health crisis at their institutions. 

In fact, the most recent findings from the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment show that about 50 percent of student respondents reported having moderate psychological distress, while more than 20 percent reported having serious psychological distress. This can have a serious impact on retention, academic success, and career readiness.

That’s why Vector Solutions developed Mental Well-Being for Students, co-developed with The Jed Foundation, and partnered with TimelyMD to offer free, on-demand mental health services.

We are providing a variety of valuable and complementary resources for practitioners and administrators that can help change student and employee behaviors regarding mental health and well-being.

Best Practices to Support Mental Health on Campus

Many institutions are supporting student mental health by implementing effective initiatives on campus that encourage faculty, staff, and students to better assess their mental health, promote available resources on campus, and how to seek out help. We have provided a few of our favorite practices below:

  • Promote and share available resources your institution provides through social media or email communications on a regular basis. It is essential that community members are aware of supportive resources provided by your institution.
  • Provide a website or app that faculty, staff, and students can access 24/7, which allows members to contact campus officials, reach resources provided by the institution, or share concerns about a colleague or student.
  • Educate faculty, staff, and students through online mental health education that focuses on key stressors, how to identify mental illness, how to create a positive environment, what to do if they or someone they know is suffering from a mental illness or crisis, and more.
  • Encourage faculty, staff, and students to check in with their mental health the same way they would with their physical health, by taking free health assessments.

It’s important to focus on mental health throughout the entire academic year to better understand how your current efforts are impacting faculty, staff, and students and to find areas where you can improve.

Resources for Campus Leaders to Support Mental Health on Campus

Mental Health Awareness | Upcoming Webinar

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 2:00 PM (ET) | 11:00 AM (PT), join us for a webinar with Dr. Jennifer A. King, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Trauma and Adversity in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University who will share the impact of stress on physical and mental well-being, as well as key strategies for leaders to implement on campus.

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The New Landscape for Student Well-Being | White Paper

This comprehensive, research-driven assessment provides unprecedented insights on the coronavirus outbreak having a dramatic psychological effect on college students, students experiencing some challenges to their mental health and well-being during the pandemic, and college and university leaders looking for new approaches to engage students and make their institutions more welcoming and safer.

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An Evidence-Informed Curriculum to Support Student Mental Health and Wellness | White Paper

As institutions of higher education seek to educate the whole student, they must also explore ways in which they can provide skills training to foster mental well-being and encourage seeking support. This white paper discusses how the best approaches are rounded in evidence that has been validated by existing research on effective prevention practice.

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Mental Health and Well-Being Training for Students, Faculty, and Staff

College Student Mental Health & Well-Being Training

Our mental well-being online course helps learners practice self-care strategies, recognize when they or their peers are in distress, and take action to find additional support.

It covers the following topics:

  • Well-Being
  • Self-Management
  • Recognizing Challenges
  • Seeking & Offering Help
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Mental Well-Being Training for Faculty & Staff

Mental Well-Being for Faculty and Staff is an interactive, mobile-first learning solution that gives your organization the ability to deliver health and wellness education to your communities — wherever they are.

It covers the following topics:

  • Responsible Use of Prescription Opioid Medication
  • Recognizing Misuse
  • Refusal Skills
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health Skills
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Want to Know More?

Reach out and a Vector Solutions representative will respond back to help answer any questions you might have.