According to our National College Health Assessment for 2016, Cougs report that stress, sleep difficulties and anxiety are the top three health factors affecting their academic performance within the last 12 months.
By encouraging Cougs’ mental and emotional well-being, faculty and staff can support their academic success. To get started, check out this list of ideas and resources you can use in the year ahead.
Be familiar with campus resources. Learn more about mental health resources and include a list in your syllabus or student employee training materials.
Talk about it! Integrate a mental health topic into a classroom discussion or project.
Support students in distress. Know how to use the AWARE Network to share your concerns about a student’s well-being, behavior, or academic performance. This system will connect the student with University staff that can help.
Get your staff involved. Add a mental health component to a staff training or brainstorm ways your department can promote mental health.
When the topic of suicide comes up, you may feel nervous or uncertain about what to say. You might even be afraid you’ll put someone at risk if you talk about suicide. But this isn’t true. In fact, talking about suicide, even if it’s just a short conversation, can encourage people who are at risk to seek help.
Research indicates that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. But it isn’t just the media that influences people who are at risk. Conversations and reactions to suicide by peers and community members can also impact people who are struggling.
At WSU, we want to encourage members of our community to get help when they experience thoughts of suicide or other mental health concerns. To make this happen, follow our tips below to ensure you’re talking about suicide in a way that is helpful.
As faculty and staff, we’re in a unique position to shape the climate of the university. We typically stay in the area and at the university longer, and many of us are in frequent contact with students.
When it comes to violence prevention, there are many ways faculty and staff help set the tone for students. You can play a critical role in efforts to reduce sex- and gender-based violence on campus.
Stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault are complex, difficult problems to address and it’s easy to become discouraged.
We firmly believe that while no one can do everything to stop violence, everyone can do something. To get started, check out our toolkit below for ideas and resources you can use in the year ahead.
Promote a safe space. Let students know your classroom is a safe space that does not tolerate violence of any kind.
Make sure you know the resources. If a student needs help, direct them to OEO’s list of resources. If you have concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological wellbeing, you can share your concerns with the AWARE Network.
Spread the word about Green Dot. On syllabus day, consider including a Green Dot slide in your presentation.