Mental Health Education

COVID -19  |  JED FOUndation  |  Behind Happy Faces  |  Active minds  |  National Resources

Mental health is one of the top concerns on today's campuses, and Alpha Chi Omega recognizes the need for educational experiences that engage our members in thi critical topic. 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 two out of five students were too depressed to function.
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.  


ENCOURAGING MENTAL WELLNESS DURING COVID-19

Recognizing the challenges faced by students everywhere during these unique circumstances, Active Minds has created a special online hub for students to support their mental health during COVID-19. They have also released an article sharing 6 Things To Know About Mental Health During COVID-19 and have opened their Student Slack Network to all students (usually only open to Active Minds chapter members to connect with the Active Minds team and each other via chat). To promote mental well-being and build community while practicing social distancing, Active Minds is offering webinars and online discussions in this time of need. Click here to see upcoming webinars or view the recorded sessions. Here are some recorded webinars available to watch:
     
During COVID-19, we acknowledge that students are navigating a unique transition to online education and virtual connections. While balancing these experiences, it is important that members are also taking care of their emotional well-being. Here are a few resources to help:
  • Visit ULifeline.org/stay_well to access wellness resources on sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress management, relaxation and connectedness.
  • Explore apps that assist with meditation, self-reflection, sleep or relaxation, such as Headspace, 10 Percent Happier, InsightTimer and Calm.
  • Find ways to be physically active. Go for a walk, download a fitness app or watch a YouTube channel that helps you stay active from home.
  • Connect virtually! We know that human connection is a critical contributor for positive emotional well-being. Check out these suggestions from our partners at Active Minds.
    • Organize a virtual game night with friends and family.
    • Get that phone out and make a TikTok with a sister.
    • Gather supplies for a DIY project and create something together.
    • Download a fitness app and start a friendly workout competition. 
    • Host a Bob Ross virtual paint night.
    • Schedule a video chat and go for an outdoor walk together.
  • Keep your routine! Make a schedule that will keep you on track to achieve your objectives and daily goals.
  • Want to watch something on Netflix? Grab some popcorn and FaceTime or call a sister and watch your favorite show or movie together.
Should you or a friend need to talk to someone, please text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-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.​

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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.


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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 established a partnership with Ross Szabo, author 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 four lessons to peer-facilitate using cutting-edge educational videos and lesson plans to enhance emotional development. Here are the learning outcomes for each lesson:

Lesson One:
  • Identify a shared definition of mental health
  • Discuss personal barriers to seeking help and work on how to address them
Lesson Two:
  • Explain mental health challenges into five categories
  • Recognize personal experience on the mental health balance spectrum
  • Connect impact of mental health challenges on the balance spectrum
Lesson Three
  • Define coping
  • Summarize effective and ineffective coping
Lesson Four
  • Indicate actions that are helpful to approach a friend, sister or family member who needs help
  • Recognize the differences between what a friend can do and what can only be done by a mental health professional
  • Name the steps to take when a sister is experiencing harmful thoughts

Chapter ADVISOR WROKSHOPS

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 Speaks
www.autismspeaks.org


Bipolar Disorder and Depression

The Balanced Mind Foundation
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
https://renfrewcenter.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

 


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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