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Wellness Warrior Program

Student Support Network

Fall 2017 Wellness WarriorsThe Wellness Warriors program is a student support network designed to train students and staff to help them become more knowledgeable about mental health, as well as how to support students in need. The goal of the program is to identify and educate students and staff in our community in how to identify, reach out and help other students in distress.

The first part of the program will cover issues like general mental health, depression and anxiety, suicide prevention and substance use. The weekly sessions are designed to be interactive and experiential in order to allow participants to learn strategies for providing support to individuals who may be experiencing emotional concerns or who may be at risk regarding suicidal behavior and substance abuse.

Previous Wellness Warrior trainings have expanded. Opportunities for learning and applying knowledge of mental health does not stop there! Wellness Warriors continue on for further training to become Certified Peer Educators through the BACCHUS Initiative of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals. Wellness Warriors will learn the techniques to become para-educators for mental health, developing programs that engage students to improve resiliency and coping strategies for improving mental health.

This program was presented as a pilot during the spring 2014 semester and will continue to be offered each semester. This is a great opportunity for you to learn valuable skills that students and staff can apply directly to their lives and roles at Eastern, and beyond!

Through lively discussion, exercises and role-plays, the Wellness Warriors aim to improve:

  • Knowledge about mental health issues and decrease stigma
  • Recognition of signs/symptoms of mental health distress
  • Skills and confidence in supporting, reaching out and referring peers

Brief Facts About the Program

  • The Wellness Warriors program was originally developed at WPI (Called the Student Support Network) and adopted at Eastern in 2014
  • Both students and university staff have completed Wellness Warriors training
  • Participants are provided educational materials and resources during the training
  • Training sessions are led by on-campus mental health professionals

If you are interested in becoming part of the Wellness Warriors Program, please contact us at Welledstu@easternct.edu or call (860) 465-2821 for application information. If selected, you will be asked to attend seven (7) consecutive weekly training sessions in the fall. You will have the opportunity to go on for further training, if you choose, to become certified as a peer educator.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at Welledstu@easternct.edu or call (860) 465-2821.

Students are eligible to receive 15 Priority Points upon completion of the program and involvement in one outreach activity.

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