Have you ever taken a “mental health day?” Or wish you could? Hailey Hardcastle’s Ted Talk, “Why students should have mental health days” addresses benefits of treating our physical health and our mental health as equal and related needs. She shared her talk two months before the March 2020 shift to remote. Events over the past year highlight shortfalls in existing systems for supporting the mental side of our health.
Rates of psychological distress rose for all adults as the pandemic deepened — increasing sixfold for young adults and quadrupling for those ages 30 to 54, according to a Johns Hopkins University survey published in JAMA in June.~AARP Bulletin, March 4, 2021
We can’t fix the past, but we can share resources with students. Travis Bussler, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, shared the presentation below from his class.
“If I was going to do it again, I would talk more about how therapy is now common and how it doesn’t have the negative stigma that it did in the past. I would also share with the students my personal experience of going through therapy and the guidance I received during my divorce. I want them to know that I’m talking about something that I have experience with and understand the apprehension that they might have,” he said. His lecture notes as a pdf file include exercises and questions to use with students, or you can view this unedited video of his lecture.
How are you keeping mentally “fit” regardless of challenges life hands you? Here is one of my favorites: