Mental Health

The Mental Health team was formed with the goal of increasing resilience and well-being of students, staff, and faculty on campus. Through collaboration with campus partners, we strive to create a community that fosters mental health, reduces stigma, and promotes self-care. Have questions? Contact the committee chair Amy Magnuson.

Meeting Times

Spring 2017: January 11, Feb 1, March 1, April 5 - all at 3pm in HWC 5700

Committee Composition

Our committee is made up of a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. We are always seeking additional voices in our committee to help make Florida State University a healthier university.

Goals & Objectives

All goals and objectives are based on the 2015 NCHA (National College Health Assessment) Survey, n=557.

  • Increase the proportion of students who report receiving information on:
    • Depression/anxiety
    • How to help others
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Stress reduction
  • Reduce the proportion of students who report that their academic performance was adversely affected by:
    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Increase the percentage of students who report that they would consider seeking help from a mental health professional (if needed for a personal problem).

Present Initiatives

  • Developed a training for faculty and staff that provides and overview of how to C.A.R.E. (communicate, concern, ask questions, refer to resources, and encourage help-seeking).
  • Faculty and staff training is designed for key contacts in the department that people can turn to for help and support. A second general training helps create awareness of the issue and identify resources in their department as well as on campus.
  • Conducted five suicide prevention trainings to faculty and staff in three departments: the College of Business, the College of Nursing, and the College of Communication and Information.

Past Initiatives

  • Interviewing candidates for a suicide prevention coordinator to aid in the SAMHSA grant implementation.
  • Connecting students with the Peer Involvement Mentorship program to increase sense of belonging and purpose.
  • Working to spread wellness tips and positive news by creating footage that can be shown on TVs in waiting rooms across campus.

Data Driving our Work

  • 9% of Females and 6% of Males have seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months
  • Of the 10 reported academic impediments, half were directly related to mental health: 29.5% reported Stress, 22.5% reported anxiety, 12.9% reported depression, 10.4% reported relationship difficulties, and 9% reported concern for a troubled friend all as causing a barrier in school
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