7 Things About Mental Health in Higher Education

“Mental health has become the subject of open, honest discussion in higher education and beyond. Fallout from the pandemic thrust mental health into an even broader, brighter spotlight, exposing long-standing sources of stress, anxiety, and depression and creating new ones. Mental health is integral to one’s ability to succeed academically, and colleges and universities must…

Ditch Toxic Positivity — Here’s What to Do Instead

What is toxic positivity? In a Healthline article on toxic positivity it was defined by clinical psychologist Jamie Zuckerman as, “The assumption, either by one’s self or others, that despite a person’s emotional pain or difficult situation, they should only have a positive mindset or ‘positive vibes’.”   This type of response to other people’s pain has been shown to do more harm than good. In this CETL session, participants will look at other methods…

Introducing an Ecosystem of Techniques for Feeling Better: An App for Staff & Students (Sanvello App)

With rising levels of stress, anxiety and depression, access to evidence-based mental health support is needed now more than ever. Join us to hear about on-demand self-help for stress, anxiety and depression via Sanvello, an app that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques.  Part of your Optum EAP benefit, Sanvello is available at…

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Strategies to Confidently Communicate with Students Experiencing Mental Health Challenges

The mental wellbeing of college students is becoming a major source of concern for higher education administrators, faculty, and staff. One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness and frequently college staff are the first to notice the warning signs.  When front-line faculty and staff encounter…