We are so excited that you want to learn more about how those in the education profession can help our cause and spread mental health awareness at your institution. According to the National Institute of Mental Health: 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, 11% of youth have a mood disorder, 10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder, and 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder (NIMH). Depression is also the most common health problem for college students.1 Whether your school has a special needs division, are thinking of starting one, or currently don’t have one; we want to help you be able to recognize these people and know how to help.
To do this, we have designed a free educational module to help you better identify students who are in distress and need help. The educational module will include more about the following:
(1) recent statistics of mental illness, introduction to mental health, and description of our initiative;
(2) best practices and evidence for identifying young people (high school/college aged) with mental illness, approaching/talking to someone about mental illness, overcoming barriers and challenges when helping someone in distress;
(3) best practices and evidence for triaging someone with mental illness, available help resources (including resources specifically for educators), and non-pharmacological treatments/therapies to help someone in distress and in the school environment.
To access the module, please follow these instructions:
1. Go to https://elearning.nursing.osu.edu/course/index.php
2. Select “I Will Help You Initiative” from the course list.
3. Select “For Educators” from the list.
4. Select Create New Account if you are a new user or login with your existing account if you are a returning user. If you are registering as a new user you will receive an email with a confirmation link to verify you have used a valid email address. After receiving this e-mail, please click on the link to activate your account.
5. You will then be directed to a website and you will need to click on the button that says “Enroll Me.”
6. This should complete your enrollment into the course.
Please consider taking the pledge and solidify your commitment to helping individuals who may not know how to help themselves.
We encourage you to share this with other educators and throughout your institution!
Learn more about our initiative by exploring the rest of this page or at our various social media accounts!
- Buchanan, J. L. (2012). Prevention of depression in the college student population: A review of the literature. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(1), 21–42. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2011.03.003.