Mental Health Education

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  Alpha Chi Omega recognizes the need for educational experiences that engage our members in the critical topic of mental health. A recent survey on behalf of the American College Health Association indicated that in the past year, three out of five students experienced overwhelming anxiety and one out of 20 will experience a serious mental illness in their lifetime.

As members continue to experience mental health challenges like unhealthy stress, anxiety and depression, Alpha Chi Omega continues to be a leading organization providing its members developmental programs to facilitate meaningful conversations around mental health.  

Explore this page for mental health programming and resources Alpha Chi Omega offers its members.

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DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS 

Taking care of our mental health involves caring for our holistic well-being. Each part of our health requires time and attention to allow us to live life to the fullest. Our wellness is dependent on the daily actions, behaviors and routines we practice to create a positive mindset. By understanding the multifaceted parts of our well-being, we can start to improve our overall health and mental fitness. 

Alpha Chi Omega encourages members to assess their mental health and well-being through the Eight Dimensions of Wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. Use the following resources to guide you in the process:

  • Individual Wellness Activity: allows you to self-examine your personal relationship with your health. Using the Wellness Wheel Inventory, you will assess your everyday health behaviors and levels of satisfaction within each dimension of wellness. Reflection questions will guide you in developing a new perspective on your wellness and distinguish areas of opportunity to continue to grow in your mental health journey.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month Collegiate Programming Guide: outlines recommendations for programming and educational activities to foster collegiate members’ understanding and knowledge of mental well-being during Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Each week focuses on different dimensions of wellness and provides resources to assist in planning and outreach efforts. 


Consider these additional resources to assist you in cultivating each dimension of your personal wellness to enhance your mental health: 

  • The Eight Dimensions of Wellness: the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHA) created an overview video as an introduction to learning more about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. 
  • Creating A Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness:  SAMHA’s resource is a tool to assist you in implementing wellness-focused habits to each of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. 
  • 31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health: strategies to implement into your daily mental health practices. From taking a walk and getting adequate sleep to your morning cup of coffee and exercise, these approaches guide you in developing healthy choices for your mental wellness. 
  • Mental Health is Health: shares ways to seek out help for mental health needs and provides suggestions on how to take action and personal responsibility to improve your wellness. 
  • Mental Health America (MHA) Mental Health Screening:  Take an online mental health screening to learn more about common symptoms you may be experiencing that could be related to treatable mental health condition. 

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MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESPONSE 

Should you or a friend need to talk to someone, please text “start” to 741-741 or call 800-273-talk (8255) to speak with someone from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline for emotional support.

If you or a friend need resources to help a young person of color, text "STEVE" to 741-741 to access a culturally trained counselor or visit The Steve Fund.  

If you or a friend need resources to help a person who identifies as LGBTQ, text "START" to 678-678 to access counselors trained to support LGBTQ communities or visit  The Trevor Project.

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COVID-19 and Mental Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront the reality of mental health and the importance of maintaining a positive relationship with our mental well-being. A 2020 National Alliance on Mental Health survey found that one in five U.S. adults reported that COVID-19 had a significant impact on their mental health, with 55% of those experiencing serious mental illness. The impact of these mental health crises and its effects continue to impact adults of all ages. As we continue to evolve and live in a world with ongoing public health challenges, Alpha Chi Omega collegiate and alumnae members  remain resilient and committed to navigating their mental health. Consider these resources to help understand current trends in mental health and how to best support our sisters’ emotional development today and in the future:  

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The JED Foundation

A Commitment to Collegiate Health

Alpha Chi Omega provides our collegiate members with information about mental health and wellness through its partnership with The Jed Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote emotional health among college and university students. The Gatekeeper Training through The Jed Foundation is tailored to teach collegiate executive board officers how to be gatekeepers, members of the campus community who are in a position to help students who may be struggling with mental health.
 
In September 2014, Alpha Chi Omega became the first National Panhellenic Conference organization to affiliate with The Jed Foundation, joining men’s fraternities Sigma Chi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon in reaching college students on this important topic. Read the partnership announcement.

Available Resources

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Behind Happy Faces

In an effort to assist collegiate chapters and advisors with honest conversations regarding mental health, Alpha Chi Omega has partnered with Ross Szabo, creator of Behind Happy Faces, to create a groundbreaking curriculum focused on preparing members and advisors for managing mental health in the collegiate setting. For collegiate members, we provide nine lessons to peer-facilitate using cutting-edge educational videos and lesson plans to enhance emotional development. Members can access all nine lessons in the Resource Center. Here are the lesson topics:

Lesson 1: Understanding Mental Health Lesson 6: Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion
Lesson 2: Your Mental Health Lesson 7: Neuroscience of Happiness
Lesson 3: Changing Ineffective Coping Lesson 8: Talk to a Sister
Lesson 4: Acute Stress vs. Chronic Stress Lesson 9: Before the Breakdown
Lesson 5: Good Stress and Stopping Procrastination  
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Implementation Guide

Chapter ADVISOR WorKSHOPS

For advisors, we provide five engaging workshops that review similar topics as the collegiate series, but through the lens of a volunteer who supports members. Workshops will help define mental health and break down the stigmas surrounding it, open doors for more vocabulary to discuss it with others, teach about effective coping and help you help members who are experiencing mental health challenges.
Active Minds

Through our Harm Reduction Alliance partnership with Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu and Zeta Tau Alpha, we are excited to announce our recent collaboration with Active Minds. Read the partnership announcement here. Validate - Appreciate - ReferThis collaboration introduces Active Minds’ everyday guide for everyday challenges: Validate, Appreciate, Refer (V-A-R). V-A-R is an easy way to show up for a friend, helping them cope when they may be having more than a bad day. Members can access the full-length video and conversation starter in the VP Risk Management page of the Resource Center. Use the video and V-A-R conversation starter to learn how to listen in a way that lets someone know they’re being heard and that they are not alone. Remember:
  1. Validate their feelings. Let them know what they’re feeling is okay and that you believe them.
  2. Appreciate their courage. Speaking up can be a challenging step. Show you are there to support them by saying, “You are not alone” or “I’m here for you.”
  3. Refer them to skills and support. Let them know help is available. You can do this by sharing, “Could we schedule a video chat and walk so we can see each other while we get some fresh air?” Or “I think it might be helpful to talk to someone. I can stay on the phone with you while you text/call a hotline.”
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National Resources

Want to know more about national resources or how to help a sister in need? The following is a list of organizations that can help with specific types of mental health disorders or challenges. Please remember that these resources do not supplement referring a friend to a mental health professional.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
www.adaa.org

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
www.chadd.org

Autism

Autism Society
www.autism-society.org

Bipolar Disorder and Depression

The Balanced Mind Parent Network
www.thebalancedmind.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
www.dbsalliance.org

International Bipolar Foundation
www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Research Center
www.bpdresourcecenter.org

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
www.renfrecenter.com

Schizophrenia

Brain and Behavior Research Center
www.bbrfoundation.org

 

Suicide Prevention and Emotional well-being

American Association of Suicidology
www.suicidology.org

America Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org

Kristin Brooks Hope Center
www.hopeline.com

The Jed Foundation
www.jedfoundation.org

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
www.nopcas.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
www.save.org

The Steve Fund
www.stevefund.org

The Trevor Project
www.thetrevorproject.org

Therapy for Black Girls
www.therapyforblackgirls.com​

Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.aa.org

GenerationRx

www.generationrx.org

Narcotics Anonymous
www.na.org

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
www.niaaa.nih.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse
www.drugabuse.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
www.samhsa.gov

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