New Active Minds Guide: Supporting the Whole Student
A new report from Active Minds and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition addresses barriers to including mental health promotion in First Year Experience initiatives. A survey by the two groups found that more than half of the 48 institutions that responded revealed that mental health content had been integrated into FYE initiatives only slightly or not at all. The report identifies barriers including limited time available within the curriculum to address mental health, limited resources, especially in the counseling center, and a lack of training or confidence among staff to teach students about mental health.
The guide offers recommendations and case studies from campuses recognized for their student mental health efforts with the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, including Denison University, University of Richmond (UR), University of South Florida (USF), California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) and Skidmore College. Their recommendations draw on Active Minds’ evidence-based Healthy Campus Framework, and include:
1. Taking a collective strategic approach
2. Committing to sustainable, systems-level changes
3. Creating equitable approaches to mental health promotion
4. Championing and empowering student voices