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OnBoard with Parent & Family Connections - Mental Wellness

Our goal at Purdue is to help our students succeed by building resilience, coping, and independence. One way to do this it by assisting our students, faculty and staff in mental wellness practices. The Mental Wellness Task Force worked with faculty and staff to develop and promote common themes to students to reinforce mental wellness. These themes are shared in the parent and family newsletter throughout the year.
The mental wellness themes center around problem-solving, understanding failure, core values, finding healthy ways to de-stress, and developing interpersonal relationships. We encourage families join our faculty and staff and talk about the five themes with their students throughout the year. The five themes are:

  • Problem Solving: Everyone has challenges, experiences, and obstacles. Knowing when to ask for help is key!
  • Failure: Failure is an important part of learning and success.
  • Core Values: College life requires clarifying values and adapting to a new normal.
  • Coping with stress: Stress is natural and can become overwhelming. Building resiliency to cope with stress means finding healthy ways to de-stress.
  • 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.
What are other ways that parents can be involved? First, it's important to keep the lines of communication open throughout the year. Second, listen to the student, and be mindful of any changes that you notice, such as increased agitation, becoming more withdrawn, or they seem hopeless. Encourage your Boilermaker to utilize campus resources such as WellTrack - a software tool students can use to assist students in understanding and developing additional skills to manage stress and mild symptoms of anxiety and depression.

If that occurs, please encourage them to notify an academic advisor, their Resident Assistant, counselor, professor or to stop by the Office of the Dean of Students. If you notice changes, families are also encouraged to complete a Student of Concern Report so the student can be referred to the appropriate resources. It's important to remember that we are here to help. In addition to WellTrack, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to students and there is even an after-hours crisis contact for students in a mental health crisis.

Parent & Family Connections
August 6, 2019

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