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What is MentalHealthEdu?


MentalHealthEdu is a brief, online program designed to help raise awareness of student mental health issues.  It consists of 3 modules that feature narrated presentations, reflective interactive exercises, fact sheets on related topics (i.e. mental health and culture and the relationship between mental health and substance abuse), and a customized resource portal that is specific to UA resources.


MentalHeathEdu is designed to help campus personnel assist students who may be in distress, using an approach that fits their individual comfort level. The program's community-based approach is designed to help:

  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Support student retention
  • Promote early intervention
  • Supplement and create visibility for other campus mental health services

 

How does it work?

First, participants will be exposed to signs commonly exhibited by many students who are in distress. Next, the program provides suggestions for reaching out to students and presents realistic exercises that can help participants to evaluate the impact of taking (or not taking) certain steps. MentalHealthEdu also includes information on:

  • Frequent causes of student distress
  • Impact of mental health issues on students and the campus community
  • Brief guidelines about confidentiality and student privacy

Best of all, the program is designed to be accessed at the convenience of its participants.  This allows participants to work at their own pace and gives them the opportunity to log in as often as they wish.