In response to a large percentage of CSU students reporting issues with high stress and resulting sleep, financial, relational issues and mental health concerns, CSU has committed to provide more support for students through focused Well-Being efforts.
Influenced by the well-researched health benefits of mindfulness practices and the field of positive psychology, these programs and initiatives are designed to strengthen students’ ability to be successful and deal with developmental and life challenges.
CSU’s well-being initiatives include prevention, support and recovery efforts to help students persist through difficulties to develop overall well-being and flourishing.
Key initiatives from CSU’s Well-Being Strategic Plan include:
- Mindfulness groups and workshops to provide students, staff and faculty with stress reduction skills and mindfulness mind/body practices.
- Educational and skill-building presentations to campus groups and classes covering topics of stress management skill-building, mindfulness, positive psychology, self-care and sleep.
- Health communications campaign promoting awareness and norms clarification around targeted topics, including happiness and failure recovery.
- Still Point Reflection Space in CSU Health and Medical Center offers quiet place for students, faculty and staff to practice self-care through relaxation, reflection prayer, and/or meditation.
- Technology devices available for students, faculty and staff to check-out and use in the Still Point Reflection Space to improve well-being, including relaxation pod, Heart Math, meditation aids and bio-feedback devices.
- Additional initiatives in development include:
- To foster a trauma-informed community by offering training (s) for staff and faculty to learn skills to use in traumatic or highly stressful situations.
- A Wellbeing in Academic Environments Tool Kit for university partners to integrate practices into academic settings to foster well-being and mental wellness.
- A future initiative is to develop a university course for students’ mental wellness and well-being skill building.
To learn more, contact Health Education and Prevention Services at (970) 491-1702.