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Mental Wellness Task Force

The Purdue 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. The information on this page represents resources, training and other educational opportunities to assist students.

Monthly Stressors

Monthly stressors 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 recruitment
  • Adapting to sharing with a roommate
  • Exploring new values without the constructs of a home environment
  • Balancing finances for the first time
  • Understanding partying and alcohol/drugs

October

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

November

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

December

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

January

  • Readjusting to a new semester for academics/relationships
  • Homesickness, long-distance relationships
  • Seasonal health issues
  • Academic concerns
  • Seasonal affective disorder

February

  • Relationship/living stresses
  • Fraternity/sorority/cooperative dances
  • Distance from family during Chinese New Year
  • Spring break preparations
  • Seasonal health issues

March

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

April/May

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

June/July

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

Campus Resources

See below for useful campus resources.

Talking with Students

The themes below are the foundational messages of our program. The following key themes and messages 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 of the Office of the Dean of Students or Tammy Loew of Recreation & Wellness.

  • 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 d-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.

Campaign to Change Direction

Purdue has joined the Campaign to Change Direction. The campaign is focused on changing the culture of mental health and teaching people the critical signals that signify someone is hurting emotionally and might need help. The message of the Five Signs creates a common language that helps people talk more openly and freely about mental health.

For more information, visit the Campaign to Change Direction website.

The healthy habits of emotional well-being are take care, check in, engage, relax and know

Training, Certifications and Presentations

You can request a presentation about the Mental Wellness Task Force for your office/department. Questions? Please contact Julie Cox of the Office of the Dean of Students or Tammy Loew of Recreation & Wellness.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

This 90-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 will receive a certificate. Due to the interactive format of this training, this presentation has a 40-participant maximum. If you are interested in attending one of our QPR of our training sessions, please complete the following form.

Teaching: Student of Concern and the Behavioral Intervention Team

This hour-long presentation helps members of the Purdue community become aware of concerning behavior, learn how to make a Student of Concern report, and understand what takes place after a report is submitted. Participants also will learn about the Behavior Intervention Team, and presenters will be available to discuss any specific concerns attendees may have.

All attendees will be provided with a Student of Concern Guide for easy reference of resources available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This guide serves as an easy reference of resources available to students around the clock.

SAFE ZONE 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 or residence showing that they are a friend to the LGBTQ community. They also can participate in continuing-education opportunities through the LGBTQ Center. Learn more about Safe Zone training through the LGBTQ Center website.

Trans-Inclusion Training

From media coverage of transgender celebrities to national discussions of rights for transgender people, transgender and gender nonbinary 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, Purdue 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 trans-inclusion training through the LGBTQ Center website.

Tips/Guides/Articles

See below for useful resources on problem-solving and failure.

Problem-Solving

Failure