What is a Wellness Classroom Visit?
In-person and interactive
The presentations are designed to highlight the importance of specific theme related to mental health and academics, teach a specific strategy relevant the topic, and provide information about relevant campus resources and support. During the presentations, volunteers also share their experiences as a student which normalizes experiences with mental health and academic challenges and promotes help seeking. After a presentation, instructors will be sent additional mental health and academic resources to share with their class.
Wellness topics for winter 2024 include:
- Preventing Burnout
- Creating a Self-Care Plan
- Prioritizing Wellness
- Reducing Anxiety
- Mindfulness for Stress Management
- Meeting New People and Building Social Connections
- Practicing Self-Compassion
- Strategies for Exam Anxiety
- High Impact Study Strategies: Self Testing
- Making Positive Behavioural Changes
- Addiction and Recovery Supports on Campus
Looking for other options?
As an alternative to in-person visits, we can also:
- Facilitate presentations virtually over Zoom
- Provide PowerPoint slides and materials to instructors who would like to facilitate the presentations to their class themselves
- Provide instructors with Wellness Classroom Visit videos that they can show their class at any time
- Check out the Student Wellness Services Health Promotion & Outreach Team website to explore other ways we work with faculty to support them in promoting student wellbeing.
Please email us to inquire about these options at email@example.com.
This project recognizes the reciprocal relationship between students’ mental health and their academics. In the most recent National College Health Assessment, 58% of students reported that academics were traumatic or very difficult to handle. In addition, three of the top four factors indicated by students as affecting their academic performance were directly related to their mental health, including stress (42%), anxiety (35%), depression (24%) and sleep difficulties (29%) (ACHA, 2019).
In addition to being driven by this data, the classroom visit initiative was conceptualized based on student feedback provided by undergraduate interviews conducted in 2021 by the Campus Mental Health Strategy Teaching & Learning Subcommittee as part of a Strengths and Needs Assessment (Lindsay, Bernier, Boman, & Boyce, under review). Students emphasized the importance of the following key activities to support student mental wellbeing in their courses:
- Prioritizing mental health consistently and collectively across their courses
- Guiding students to relevant mental health and academic supports
- Promoting mental health literacy, including incorporating education on mental health into classes
- Facilitating connection building between students
These findings underscore the value of developing initiatives that both support student wellbeing and academic development, which is the purpose behind Wellness Classroom Visits. The initiative was piloted in fall 2021 and winter 2022 and had great uptake and positive feedback from students and faculty. We are excited to continue and expand this project in the 2023-2024 academic year, with the support from SU Quality Money.