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 Action Week (MHAW)
Held annually for Purdue staff and students, Mental Health Action Week (MAHW) is led by Purdue Student Government in conjunction with other students groups, Purdue administration and Purdue Human Resources.
The third annual week dedicated to mental health on the West Lafayette campus takes place March 7-11, 2022.
Healthy Boiler Workshops will be held on the following dates:
- The Magical Power of Sleep
March 7, noon – 1 p.m. ET
Cheryl Laszynski, RN health coach at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL), will share information about how important sleep is to an individual’s health and how a lack of sleep can affect mental and physical health as part of a discussion on the value of sleep as a critical wellness factor.
- Physical Fitness & Mental Health
March 11, noon – 1 p.m. ET
Join Lindsay Bloom, health coach at Purdue Fort Wayne, to learn about how physical activity can enhance mood and energy levels as well as help reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression.
Those interested in either or both of the workshops above should register via the Healthy Boiler Portal. Registration link can be found under the “Healthy Boiler Workshops” section on the portal’s home page. Hover over the workshop’s square and hit “Submit” to register.
The inaugural “Mental Health Awareness Week” was held in February 2020 to:
- 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 the Purdue community
Faculty and staff resources
Referred to by many names – behavioral health, mental health, emotional well-being and more -- one thing is certain, it’s important, and resources are available to faculty, staff and students at Purdue.
- The “Mental Health Resources” web page for a variety of available resources for faculty and staff, including EAP resources for all Purdue campuses, information on Purdue’s health plan coverage for mental health and substance abuse as well as behavioral health referral locations for the West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Northwest campuses. .
To assist students
Faculty and staff, who work with students or have a student at home, can direct students to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students who are covered on a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are covered at 100 percent on the Purdue student health plan.
- Continuous Network of Support
- Services and Information
- Presentations & Trainings
- Student of Concern Reporting Link
- Therapy Services at CAPS
- Self-help Resources
- Group Therapy
- CAPS YouTube channel
- NAMI On Campus –a free, virtual support group on campus
- Thriving Campus – service that provides students a way to search for mental health providers in many areas, locally and across the country WellTrack – interactive, self-help therapy app WellTrack – interactive, self-help therapy app for students