World Mental Health Day 2019
Here at Southeastern University we share a belief in Christ as our Hope and Healer, and in showing unconditional love when people are affected by emotional pain or mental health challenges. Observing World Mental Health Day aligns with these principles. This October 10, we encourage both the Southeastern and local community to recognize signs of mental or emotional distress and encourage those in need to seek the appropriate resources to help them.
Since the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) declared the first World Mental Health Day on October 10, 1992, the goal of the event has always been to promote ongoing, worldwide mental health awareness. As this year’s focus is suicide prevention, WFMH has partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO), United for Global Mental Health, and the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
“Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo, and about which many hold mistaken and prejudiced ideas, will help the community to learn about the risk factors so that they can identify and learn to address them,” states the WFMH.
Extending this sentiment to overall mental health, destigmatizing mental illness positions people to unashamedly seek assistance, information, and ways to educate others. Acknowledgement and education are the first steps to understanding.
Southeastern offers students several resources to learn about and manage their mental health. Even if students are not personally struggling with their mental or emotional well-being, it is encouraged that they still become aware of the following information, so they can be prepared if they, or someone they care about, encounters events that cause mental or emotional unrest.
Resources for Traditional Students
SEU hosts on-campus events that encourage discussion about the importance of mental health. Also, on-site counseling services are available for full-time, traditional students who attend classes on SEU’s Lakeland campus. Students are able to meet with licensed, Christian mental health professionals for short-term individual, group, or couples counseling. If additional or specialized services are needed, students will be informed of specific providers they can see within the Polk County area. Students can begin the process of seeking counseling by visiting the Health Services clinic in Smith Hall.
Health Services is open 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. In the case of a crisis during non-business hours, students may contact their Resident Director and/or Campus Security in order to reach the crisis counselor. Of course, students should contact 911 directly in the event of a life-threatening emergency, or if they are off-campus.
Students may also access help through the SEU Mental Health & Wellness resource app called “Just in Case” available in the Apple or Android store. If a student is concerned about another student, he or she can visit the Care Team page on MySEU (the student intranet) under, “Counseling, Health, and Wellness,” for further guidance. The Care Team exists to help connect students in distress with on-campus resources. Of course, if someone is in immediate danger, call Campus Security at 863-667-5190 and/or 911.
On October 23, 2019, Suicide Prevention Training will be offered to staff and students by the Department of Counseling, Health, and Wellness. Check SEU Highlights and Inside SEU for details.
Resources for Online & Extension Site Students
Students attending Southeastern through an online or extension site program may reach out to national and local community mental health and emotional support services. Extension site students are also encouraged to contact their Site Director regarding mental support that may be available through the site’s church, or to request assistance in finding help in their local areas.
National & Christian Mental Health Resources
To learn more about mental health awareness and sucide prevention, visit the following sites:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Hope Line
By Jordan Fleming, Student Writer