Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education—Sept 23rd and Oct 1st
The Center for Health & Wellbeing is partnering with the Center for Teaching and Learning to present this program specifically to faculty and graduate students.
Even before the COVID 19 pandemic there has been an increase in depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions among college students. As the students enter their second year with pandemic still present and adversely impacting many lives, the resumption of campus classes this fall may be difficult for them.
Recent articles, such as “Faculty: Gatekeepers of Student Mental Health?” from Inside Higher Education and “Student Struggling with Mental Health Often Confide in Professors. They want more Guidance in How to Help.” from The Chronicle of Higher Education have reported that while faculty are often the first to recognize indicators of students’ mental distress and want to support their students, they do not feel prepared to do so. Faculty are not mental health providers, but they can be better equipped to support struggling students.
The Center for Health for Health & Wellbeing now provides Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education that is designed to do just that. This program will help participants:
- Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
- Use a 5-step action plan to help people in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
- Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for addressing mental health stigma.
- Apply knowledge of the appropriate resources available to help someone with a mental health treatment, management, and recovery.
- Assess your own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.
The CTL is partnering with the Center for Health & Wellbeing to offer this program specifically for faculty and graduate teaching assistants and also address the unique challenges of how COVID-related trauma could manifest in students this fall.
We aspire to create a space where you connect with the CHW mental health providers and share your experiences. We hope that these conversations will yield a deeper understanding of the faculty-student connection and its role in a holistic approach to wellbeing.
The time commitment for this program is about 6–7 hours which includes:
- 1-2 hours of independent reading/viewing
- Two 2-hour Teams synchronous sessions Sept 23, 3-5pm and Oct 1, 10am-noon