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Mental Wellness Task Force

The Purdue University Mental Wellness Task Force is a coalition of campus and community partners whose mission is to promote wellness, identify monthly stressors, and provide resources for faculty, staff, students, and others who may be interested in promoting mental wellness on campus. Mental Wellness Task Force members identified monthly stressors and other concerns that may frequently impact a student’s quality of life.  They also identified resources, trainings, and other educational opportunities to assist students, which are detailed, below. 

Monthly Stressors

Mental Wellness Task Force members identified monthly stressors that can impact student success. Knowing what to expect and how to refer students can help them navigate challenges throughout the year. 

August/September

  • Homesickness, long distance relationships
  • Fraternity and Sorority rush
  • Adapting to sharing with a roommate
  • Exploring new values without the constructs of their home environment
  • Balance finances for the first time
  • Understanding partying and alcohol/drugs

February

  • Relationship/living stresses
  • Fraternity/Sorority/Cooperative dances
  • Away from family during Chinese New Year
  • Spring Break preparations
  • Seasonal health issues

October

  • Understanding time management, midterm exams
  • Continuing to explore values, sexuality, dating
  • Navigating living conflicts
  • Academic demands, preparing for graduate school

March

  • Social/financial pressures
  • Summer employment pressures
  • Academic concerns/pressures 
  • Graduation and interviews
  • Insurance enrollment

November

  • Social isolation
  • Pre-finals stress
  • Financial concerns
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Returning/not returning home for holidays

April/May

  • Major/Academic concerns
  • Spring fever
  • Social/financial pressures
  • Relationship issues
  • Graduation and life after college

December

  • Managing high level of academic/graduation stress and expectations
  • Returning/not returning home for holidays
  • Financial strains
  • Social events, holiday dances

June/July

  • Financial pressures
  • Academic timeline pressures
  • Social isolation
  • Food/home insecurities

January

  • Readjusting to a new semester for academics/major/relationships
  • Homesickness, long distance relationships
  • Seasonal health issues
  • Academic concerns
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

Campus Resources

  • Office of the Dean of Students is committed to helping students reach their fullest potential both in and out of the classroom. Report a student of concern - Staff will review reports within one to two business days.

  • Recreation & Wellness is committed to enhance the quality of life on campus. They provide intentional recreation and co-curricular experiences for our student employees and participants that promote lifelong learning and an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Environmental Health & Public Safety includes the Purdue Police and Fire departments on campus, who are the REM teams that help train to keep you safe and in compliance with the many rules and regulations that govern a large research campus. They offer a wide variety of training programs, from fire prevention to alcohol awareness to choosing the proper personal protective equipment.
  • Student Success empowers and inspires all students to embrace a sense of life-long learning by providing nationally-recognized, student-centered, pre-college preparation and college success initiatives and services.
  • Diversity/Inclusion works to enhance campus diversity by increasing the enrollment and success of students from underrepresented minority populations, increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities within the faculty ranks, and leveraging the research talent on campus to create a nationally recognized center of activity in studying factors affecting inclusiveness and success of underrepresented minority students and faculty.

Talking with Students

The themes below are the foundational messages of our program. Mental Wellness Task Force members identified key themes and messages that can be incorporated into programming/presentations/discussions with students. Each one of the talking points below can be developed further by students, faculty, staff, parents, and other campus partners to promote mental wellness. If you would like suggestions on how to develop these messages for your audience, contact Julie Cox or Tammy Loew.  

  1. Problem Solving: Everyone has challenges, experiences, and obstacles. Knowing when to ask for help is key!
  2. Failure: Failure is an important part of learning and success.
  3. Core Values: College life requires clarifying values and adapting to a new normal.
  4. Coping with stress: Stress is natural and can become overwhelming. Building resiliency to cope with stress means finding healthy ways to de-stress.
  5. Interpersonal relationships: Understanding how to communicate and develop relationships is key to success. This includes respecting each other, sharing your feelings, supporting each other, and finding gratitude.

Trainings, Certifications, & Presentations

Request a presentation for your office/department about the Mental Wellness Task Force. Questions? Please contact:

Tammy Loew, Purdue Wellness

Julie Cox, Office of the Dean of Students

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

This ninety-minute training helps Purdue community members learn to recognize the warning signs for suicide and assist those in need. Upon completing QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper training, each participant will be trained as a gatekeeper and receive a certificate. Due to the interactive format of this training, this presentation has a 40-participant maximum. Learn more about Purdue's QPR training.

Teaching Sessions: Student of Concern & the Behavioral Intervention Team

Anyone in the Purdue community or our partners in the local community are welcome to sign up to attend.

Sessions will be held in Lawson 1142 from noon-1pm

If you would like to schedule a training for your department over winter break, please contact Steven Yeagley at yeagley@purdue.edu.

New Student of Concern Guides have arrived and are ready for distribution. This guide serves as an easy reference of resources available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To request copies, visit: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9BOG9FW081Pu9St.

SAFE ZONE and TRANS Inclusion Training

Purdue SAFE ZONE is a community of students, faculty, staff, and community members who have participated in a three-hour workshop focused on building a safe, affirming, and welcoming campus for members of the LGBTQ community. Safe Zone participants are individuals who are willing to provide a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for LGBTQ people or anyone dealing with sexual orientation or gender identity/expression issues. Safe Zone members can display a placard in their office, classroom door, or residence showing that they are a friend to the LGBTQ community. They can also participate in continuing education opportunities through the LGBTQ Center in SCHL 230. Learn more about Purdue's Safe Zone Training.

From media coverage of transgender celebrities to national discussions of rights for transgender people, transgender and gender non-binary identities and experiences are more visible than ever. Via recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, university staff, faculty, and students are now required to update many policies and practices to be trans-inclusive, often with only limited knowledge of the concepts of gender identity and sexuality. This training is designed to provide information about trans identities and help attendees develop skills to create inclusive and compliant spaces to support trans students, staff, and faculty. Learn more about and Purdue's Trans Inclusion Training.

Tips/Guides/Articles

Tips/Guides:

Mental Health and Wellbeing for College Students

College Mental Health Guidebook

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health

Articles:

Brené Brown Encourages Educators to Normalize the Discomfort of Learning and Reframe Failure as Learning

Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure

Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

Former Stanford dean shares the 8 skills everyone should have by age 18

Student Resilience and Healthy Coping are Key to Student Well-being

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