UI Programs Support Students’ Mental Health

Three UI Programs Cited Among Nation's Mental Health Initiatives to Support College Students

New Resource from Temple University 

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion does research aimed at supporting individuals with psychiatric disabilities and promoting opportunities for them to participate fully in their communities. An intern at the Collaborative put together “A Selected Compendium of Mental Health Programs, Initiatives & Resources on College Campuses” to respond to data that shows how important mental health is to students’ success on campus and in their lives.

The Compendium highlights a variety of innovative and engaging programs on colleges campuses around the country that help students address challenges to their mental health and achieve academically. Three programs based at the University of Iowa are included (pages 16 and 17):

Division of Student Life, Student Wellness, at the University of Iowa, hosts many wellness events. The Fall events include 3 - Health Expos, Cooking Workshops, and ‘Pumpkins & Protection.’ The Spring events include Cooking Workshops and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week). Learn more about the Division of Student Life, Student wellness.

Healthy Hawk Challenge is offered at the University of Iowa. This challenge is offered to sophomores and asks them to complete an online wellness survey. Participation is voluntary, but those who complete the program will receive a $5 Amazon e-gift card (for U.S. citizens) and a $5 check (for non-U.S. citizens). Learn more about Healthy Hawk Challenge.

Forest Therapy with Andrew LaFrenz is offered by the University of Iowa. This event allows students to walk and connect with nature. Learn more about Forest Therapy.

Access the Selected Compendium online. 

Visit the Collaborative on Community Inclusion website.

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