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Wellness Outreach and Resources

Wellness Task Force

What is a Wellness Task Force?

  • A collaborative group from across campus focused on mental health & well-being, tasked to achieve goals that are difficult to be achieved individually
  • Focus on wellness and prevention of both physical and mental health issues, rather than solely on treating the problems/symptoms
  • An opportunity to obtain varied perspectives and expertise in multiple areas on needs and concerns, bringing a creative edge to developing preventive solutions

Members:

  • Administrators
    • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development
  • Staff from diverse areas who can contribute insight & expertise
    • Counseling
    • Student Activities & Recreational Sports
  • Faculty from relevant programs/majors
    • Kinesiology & Community Health
    • Public Health
    • Psychology
  • Students from relevant academic programs or with personal interest


Vision:
To work collaboratively to achieve a campus community focused on wellness, support, and prevention at all levels.


Mission:
The overall goal of the Wellness Task Force is to ensure that LSUS is meeting the needs of its students, including providing a supportive campus community focused on physical and mental health, encouraging empowerment, and fostering resilience. Student well-being requires a campus-wide approach. The university seeks to instill a culture of care by sending a clear and consistent message about the importance of wellness and self-care. We want to promote a campus environment that encourages healthy choices and supports students in successfully managing stress, mental health issues, and pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. The university is committed to ensuring that outreach and support programs, policies, and practices regarding student well-being meet the diverse needs of our students and reflect the current state of scientific knowledge and national best practices.

Objectives:

  • Improved well-being for students, staff, and faculty
  • Increased sense of community
  • Alignment with university strategic plan
  • Increased student success

Priorities:

  • Student Mental Health: A successful mental health strategy cannot focus solely on educating students about mental health services available, as educational outreach is already being effectively performed, and mental health services have been increasingly utilized by students. However, some students are not fully aware of services available to them, and some students are hesitant to seek support. Beyond this, the Counseling Services office cannot fully accommodate meeting the needs of all students. Considering that mental health concerns are impacting a large number of college students nationally and can be a large factor in poor academic performance, low retention, and low graduation rates, other strategies campus-wide must be developed to address student needs, with the goals to promote their success both in and out of the classroom and improve well-being throughout the university. A more effective strategy will call the university to not only educate students on the significance of well-being, but also empower them in learning how to address their own needs and those of their peers, and offer them opportunities to more fully engage in wellness practices. Building wellness and resilience objectives into course curriculums is one way to achieve this goal.
  • Faculty/Staff Well-Being: The high stress working environment in higher education can challenge the well-being of faculty and staff, as it is a profession subject to high rates of burnout. High workload, staffing challenges, low financial compensation, and continuous organizational change combined can lead to not only low morale, but also poor emotional and physical well-being. In turn, this can have a negative trickle-down impact on our students. Creating opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in wellness practices on campus is one way to foster improved well-being, as well as model healthy lifestyle for our students.

Questions?

If you are a faculty/staff member or a currently enrolled student and are interested in becoming a part of the LSUS Wellness Task Force, contact Angie Pellerin at angie.pellerin@lsus.edu for more information.

 
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