CAMPUS WELLBEING UPDATE
We are pleased to share the following update as of 11/1/2022 on efforts to enhance the wellbeing of our campus community this semester:
- During new faculty orientation in August, all new faculty were trained in recognizing and responding to distress. Training included information about the signs of distress, communicating about distress and accessing mental health services available to help in times of distress. Faculty learned about many resources including NMU Counseling and Consultation Services, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), Health Advocate after-hours support, the new National Suicide Crisis Lifeline 988, and other local crisis support hotlines.
- Twenty-one NMU employees completed Mental Health First Aid Training in October, and twenty-four additional are currently registered for the training in November. If you are an employee interested in participating in future training sessions, let us know at https://nmu.edu/wellbeing.
- Mental Health advocate, David Woods Bartley was on campus on October 24th and 25th where he spoke about his journey from mental illness to mental wellness to nine classes (300+ students), and several employee groups. He also spoke at an open public event co-sponsored by the NMU Center for Rural Health and the Superior Health Foundation. David is planning to be back on campus sometime early next semester. For more about him, visit: https://www.davidwoodsbartley.com/
- A new search for a Director of the Counseling Center is currently underway. View more details about the position here.
- The search for a Case Management Services Director position is set to begin within the next two weeks. Once hired, the Director will be building a non-clinical case management team to complement the work of our counseling center and student affairs offices, helping students overcome challenges in their personal and academic lives. Stay tuned to the current employment opportunities website to view the position details once it is posted.
- Physician's Assistant, Nicole Perrier, is scheduled to start her new role with NMU on December 12th. Nicole brings specialized experience providing psychiatric care, and will be serving the campus community through both the NMU Health Center and NMU Athletics.
- A new suicide prevention and mental health awareness student organization, L.I.V.E. at NMU, will be starting up this month. To learn more about joining this organization, students can attend an informational meeting on November 9th, 7pm in Jamrich 2319, and visit https://www.greatlakesrecovery.org/live/.
Thanks to everyone who has supported these efforts, and we look forward to reporting on future progress in the coming months.
Below are dates that the NMU Wildpups will be visiting campus. All of these events take place in the Lydia M. Olson Library.
12 - 1:30 PM, Monday, January 30
5 - 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 16
12 - 1:30 PM, Monday, February 27
4:30 - 6 PM, Thursday, March 16
12 - 1:30 PM, Monday, March 27
4 - 5:30 PM, Tuesday, April 18
12 - 1:30 PM, Monday, May 1 (Finals Week)
One other event is being planned with the Wildpups: Yoga with the Wildpups, 6 - 8 PM on Thursday April 27. Location is still being determined.
More information on the Wildpups, such as schedules, bios and more.
Mental Health First Aid Training
During the Winter 2023 semester, NMU will be offering two opportunities to complete 8 hour, in-person courses in Mental Health First Aid, free to NMU employees: January 31st and February 11th.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an international education program proven to be effective in teaching adults how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. One or two certified instructors lead each course and follow a national curriculum and teaching standards, while emphasizing hope for recovery. Classes usually consist of 30 people or less and are offered in a respectful, comfortable environment.
Sign up for the Mental Health First Aid Information training here.