Mental Well-Being Promotion & Education

In January 2022, the WRC hosted a virtual mental health resource panel [URL] to help students learn about the range of supports available on campus [PDF].

Graphic for Mental Health Resource Panel with illustration and logos
 


Taking a comprehensive approach to promoting mental health and well-being

Promoting Positive Mental Health does not mean being happy all time or that things always go how we want them to, but, rather, it means that we are able to feel gratitude for the things that are going well and be able to roll with challenges as we are faced with them. Positive mental health allows people to live satisfying and purposeful lives, cope effectively with stress, and work productively.[1] Positive mental health can be cultivated by focusing on the following aspects[2]:

  • Positive emotions like gratitude and happiness
  • Engagement in activities that bring us joy and meaning
  • Cultivating relationships with people who support our goals
  • A sense of meaning and purpose, or feeling connected to something bigger than ourselves
  • Striving toward long term goals and acknowledging our accomplishments

Stress Management & Skill Building—How we cope with life's stressors and challenges is key for mental well-being. Skills like mindfulness [URL], self-awareness, time management, and others can help build our capacity to tolerate difficult emotions or circumstances. .[3]Additionally, shifting self-talk to be growth-oriented can support both academic success and overall well-being.[4]

Mental Health Education & Stigma Reduction—Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition[5].  Additionally, 39% of college students experience a mental health issue and 75% of mental health issues begin by the age of 24.  [6]. Help is available and treatments are effective.  Everyone can contribute to reducing stigma by learning skills and having more open conversations about mental health.

Suicide Prevention—Suicide affects every community and is the 2nd leading cause of death for Americans aged 10-34.[7 Suicide is preventable, help is available, and there is hope.  If you or a friend are having suicidal thoughts ,access one or more of the resources below:

Thinking about seeking help? Visit Tuttleman Counseling Services [URL] for on-campus support or seek guidance in the community from the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services [URL] (DBHIDS).

If you need help for a mental health emergency, contact TUPD (215-204-1234 or 911) or Tuttleman Counseling Services [URL].

 

 

 

[1] MentalHealth.gov. (2022). What is mental health? [URL]

[2] Positive Psychology Center. (2022). PERMATM theory of well-being and PERMATM workshops [URL]

[3] American Psychological Association. (2022). The road to resilience [URL]

[4] Mindset Works. (2017). The science [URL]

[5] National Institutes of Mental Health. (2022). Mental illness [URL]

[6] Active Minds. (2022). About mental health: Statistics [URL]

[7] National Institutes of Mental Health (2022) Suicide [URL]