Since the 2018 report from the Suicide and Mental Health Task Force, the university has made great strides and proactive steps to advance a culture of care and support the mental health and well-being of the Buckeye community. However, the needs of our students, faculty and staff are ever changing. In order to truly advance a culture of care and well-being, we must always be seeking improvement and innovation in our approach to prevention, support, resources and services.
The commission has put forth the following series of short, mid- and long-term recommendations:
- Implement an evidence-based quality improvement approach to enhancing student mental health and well-being;
- Coordinate practices for a comprehensive one-university approach to optimizing student mental health that emphasizes the university-wide impact of building and sustaining a culture of care and well-being;
- Enhance marketing and communications around mental health resources, programs and services to increase student engagement and decrease the stigma surrounding mental health;
- Conduct intentional outreach and engagement with BIPOC/marginalized communities, removing barriers to accessing support; and
- Enhance mental health services, programs and resources currently available, with a focus on prevention by building coping and resiliency skills as well as reinforcing the importance of mental health and well-being.
The mental health and well-being of our entire body of diverse students, across programs and campuses, remains a high priority for our university to ensure student success in academics and in life. The recommendations outlined on this website will be key to implement in order to enhance and sustain a culture of care and well-being that promotes optimal health and well-being in our students.