Importance of the mental well-being of the Wolf Pack family We are the Wolf Pack Family, which means that we must look out for one another and check in with each other regularly.
Importance of the mental well-being of the Wolf Pack family
October 3, 2022
Dear Wolf Pack Family,
I hope you are doing well as the beautiful fall season arrives. This can be a very busy time, and it is important to know that we strive to create a campus community featuring a strong sense of personal connection for all of the individuals who study, work and live on our campus. We are the Wolf Pack Family, which means that we must look out for one another and check in with each other regularly. We should always be mindful of our own mental well-being, as well as the mental well-being of those around us.
Mental Illness Awareness Week, recognized Oct. 2-8 on our campus as well as throughout the country, provides our students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to acknowledge the difficulty of mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that about 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness, and about 1 in 20 adults experience serious mental illness. And there is no doubt that as a society, our recent and ongoing experiences with COVID-19, as well as the general uncertainty that is happening throughout the world, make conversations about mental well-being all the more important.
Our campus community has many resources that can help.
Counseling Services is available to all students for a variety of individual and group services. Students can sign-up online for individual appointments starting at 6:30 a.m. For faculty and staff, Human Resources offers counseling and therapy through the Employee Assistance Program.
Our Disability Resource Center is also available to discuss and provide accommodations to students with disabilities. Many students may not know that conditions like anxiety or depression may qualify for academic accommodations.
These are just a few of the ways we can come together and help one another. The key, always, is to speak up, or reach out to others who may need to speak up, and to seek help if you or anyone you know is struggling.
Let’s keep this conversation about mental well-being going. The more we are aware, the more we can help ourselves and others.