Mental health is a crucial factor in productivity and emotional well-being. Particularly in times of stress, it’s important to maintain awareness of mental health conditions, to educate people about the range of symptoms, and to reduce the stigma. Physical health issues such as broken bones are rarely questioned, but this is not the case with the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. The COVID-19 global pandemic and its associated disruptions have triggered symptoms such as anxiety and depression in students, faculty, and staff. Moving back home, leaving friends and co-workers, losing a job or internship offer, and transitioning from in-class learning to online instruction can make community members vulnerable to mental health crises.
Now more than ever, it is important to check in with one another and encourage self-care, both physically AND mentally. With real-time two-way communication, LiveSafe helps promote mental health awareness and keep community members safe, while also providing easy access to both organization-specific and national mental health resources.
Use this Toolkit to provide your academic community resources for mental health awareness.
SAFETY TOOLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
|Mental Health Awareness Infographic presents staggering statistics about mental health illness and experiences in the U.S.||Share this infographic on social media to build awareness of the prevalence of mental health conditions and to encourage those who need help to reach out.|
|“Suicides on the Rise” Podcast and Blog discuss the startling increase in the number of suicides of people between the ages of 15 and 24, documented by a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.||Listen to the podcast and read the blog, and share with your school leadership and faculty to increase awareness of the heightened risk of student suicide. Provide information on possible warning signs of suicidal thoughts or attempts, especially with virtual learning.|
|“4 Ways to Use LiveSafe for Mental Health Awareness” outlines four key features of the LiveSafe Mobile App that can be used to promote mental health awareness and support.||Share this infographic on social media and email so students and faculty know how they can use LiveSafe in the event of a mental health emergency, even while they are away from campus.|
PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY WITH LIVESAFE
- Include mental health points of contact and supporting information in the “Resources” section of LiveSafe, making this information available to students and faculty even while away from campus. See the Notes section of the “4 Ways to Use LiveSafe for Mental Health Awareness” handout for examples of important national resources.
- Train Dashboard Administrators to respond to mental health tips. Set protocols and procedures for notification and escalation in the event of an emergency.
- Check in with your community regularly via broadcast messages to let your community know they are not alone. Provide direct links to resources in these messages. Reminder: broadcasts can be sent via the LiveSafe app, text message, or email.
- Encourage school leaders and faculty to check in with their students to make sure everyone is taking care of their physical and mental well-being and are aware of resources available to them.