YOU are not alone.
“Research shows that mental illnesses are common in the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Estimates suggest that only half of people with mental illnesses receive treatment.” – National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness
In February 2020, Purdue University held its inaugural “Mental Health Awareness Week.” The event, presented by Purdue Student Government in conjunction with other student groups, Purdue Administration and Purdue Human Resources, was held to help:
- Destigmatize the conversation about mental health
- Educate faculty, staff and students on the importance of mental health awareness
- Cultivate a community of care
- Identify areas where we need the most help
- Dedicate time for wellness
- Empower students, staff and faculty with the resources they need to thrive
The “green bandana” project was introduced and remains active on campus:
- An initiative to show solidarity on campus and bring awareness to available resources
- The green bandana is a sign to anyone who sees them that they are not alone and they can reach out for help. Those with green bandanas have been identified as a safe person to talk to.
Mental health resources available to faculty and staffIn support of the Healthy Boiler Program and employee well-being, Purdue University – as well as our local community – offers many mental health resources to our faculty and staff. They include:
- Employee Assistance Counseling – a no-cost wellness option providing professional and confidential counseling services via the Center for Healthy Living on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus – Call 765-494-0111 to schedule.
- LiveHealth Online Psychology – provides the ability to talk face-to-face with a licensed psychologist via a computer or mobile device. Visit livehealthonline.com/psychology.
- myStrength – a free ‘digital health club for the mind,’ offering a personalized portal. Sign up at anthem.com/myStrengthIN.
- Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics – a part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, the specialty clinics offer assessment and therapeutic services for children, adults and families. Visit: www.purdue.edu/hhs/psy/pptrc/index.html or call 765-494-6977.
- Mental Health First Aid – Purdue Extension has a team of certified facilitators of Mental Health First Aid (an eight-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis) who are able to bring this important, lifesaving course to your campus community, organization or department. Visit: https://extension.purdue.edu/mhfa/.
- Mental Health America (MHA) – the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness. Visit org or call 800-969-6642.
- Local Crisis Center Hotline can be reached via 765-742-0244 (call or text) or toll-free at 877-419-1632 for any problem at any time.
- Mental Health Screening Tools – Take a quick mental health test to quickly and easily determine if you experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Self-Help Tools – A variety of resources – including worksheets, letter samples, tips and more – to help navigate mental health concerns.
- National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) – the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Visit org, call 800-950-NAMI (M-F 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. ET), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Find help in a crisis by texting NAMI to 741741; support is available 24/7.
- Infographics and Fact Sheets – Shows the prevalence and impact of mental illness.
- “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency" (Crisis Guide) – Provides resources for those experiencing a mental health crisis and their loved ones.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
- Navigating Workplace Mental Health: A Guide for Managers – provides information on the importance of employee mental health plus statistics on workplace mental health and how, why and what managers can do to help.
- Referral locations (off campus) – resources offering the best care (including behavioral health) at the most cost-effective prices based on Purdue’s health plans.