Mental Well-Being Promotion & Education

Taking a comprehensive approach to promoting mental 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 & Resilience—How we choose to cope with life’s stressors and challenges are key contributing factors to our well-being. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from challenges or failures. Despite what some may think, resilience is not just something only learned in childhood, but can be developed throughout adulthood as well.[3]Adapting our mindset and self-talk to be growth-oriented can significantly contribute to both academic success and overall well-being.[4]

Mental Health Education & Stigma Reduction—Nearly 1 in 5 adults (about 18%) in the U.S. live with a mental illness[5]and 22% of U.S. adults aged 18-25 reported having a mental illness yet only 35% of those young people received treatment.5 The stigma that exists may mainly be perceived, and not reflect how college students really feel about seeking help. Only about 6% of students would think less of someone who sought help, but 47% of students thought that most people would think less of someone who sought help.

Suicide Prevention—Suicide affects every community and is the 3rd leading cause of death for Americans aged 15-24[6]. Each year about 10% of college students seriously consider suicide and 1.5% attempt suicide.[7] Treatment exists and works for people who experience suicidal thoughts and feelings, and that means that there is hope for recovery. If you are having suicidal thoughts, there are resources available for you.

Not feeling mentally well? Take this screening assessment.

Thinking about seeking help? There are resources on campus and in the community.

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




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[2] Positive Psychology Center. (2018). PERMATM theory of well-being and PERMATM workshops. Retrieved from

[3] American Psychological Association. (2018). The road to resilience. Retrieved from

[4] Mindset Works. (2017). The science. Retrieved from

[5] National Institutes of Mental Health. (2017). Mental illness. Retrieved from

[6] National Institutes of Mental Health. (2017). Suicide. Retrieved from

[7] American College Health Association. (2017). National college health assessment: Spring 2017 executive summary. Retrieved from