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Equity and Inclusion: Mental Health and Wellness

The College is committed to working on several efforts to support engineering student mental health. In addition to students, mental health and wellness events are also extended to staff and faculty. 

In the past, mental health and wellness events have included:

  • April 7, 2020: “all college” health and wellness panel
    Panelists specifically addressed the impact of #stayathome and remote instruction on students, staff and faculty. Panelists included engineering students and representatives from the Center for Health Promotion, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Disability Services, the International Programs Office, and Nursing.
  • March 10, 2020: Let’s Talk Session in the College of Engineering 
    Two CCPH staff conducted this session.
  • Spring 2020: Center for Women and Community (CWC) “Chat Spots” in CEI Hub
    An effort that sets up chat spots for destressing conversations among students and/or between students and staff.
  • Spring 2019-ongoing: Resiliency seminar
    This is for students based on Nursing faculty member Ginny Chandler’s Changing Minds Changing Lives (CMCL) curriculum.
  • April 17, 2019: Emotional and Cognitive Resilience
    This session focused on building emotional and cognitive resilience. The curriculum was based on a course taught at Google, developed by a Google Engineer.
  • April 10, 2019: Search Inside Yourself Teacher workshops
    Run by Shalini Bahl. The event focused on developing stress management skills.
  • April 2018: “All college” mental health panel 
    A panel consisted of students and faculty members, representatives from CCPH and a clinical psychologist from the Springfield Veteran’s Center.

To get involved or for questions that you have please contact Dr. Paula Rees or Promise Mchenga.

Current issues in Mental Health

Covid-19 Has Worsened the Student Mental-Health Crisis. Can Resilience Training Fix It?