In this post we are sharing a Faculty resource for creating a culture of caring: Practical Approaches to Support Student Wellbeing and Mental Health (a brochure created by Active Minds).
Here are some of the key recommendations and takeaways:
- Normalize the need for help
- Be sure to include an appropriate and kind syllabus statement (to ensure that all students have the resources they need)
- Be aware of warning signs (missing classes, repeated need for extensions, lack of responsiveness, statements about being stressed or overwhelmed)
- Actively listen with Validate – Appreciate – and Refer (V-A-R)
- If you are concerned about a student, consider reaching to campus mental health professionals or Campus CARE team.
- Embed courses with wellbeing practices: encourage enough sleep, mindful moments, assign self-care homework prompts, address major events in the world/on campus through supportive discussions.
- Remember to practice your own self-care (set boundaries, say ‘no’ when needed)
- Senior Student Advocate and Care Coordinator, Martha Cedarholm: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pratt’s Counseling Center is available by phone at 718.687.5356 and email at email@example.com. While the Center’s physical location is closed, video sessions are being offered through a secure platform.
- Pratt Health Services at 718.399.4542
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