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Why do we have THRIVE at RMU?
The Jed Foundation says it best on their Half of Us campaign webpage:
"Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24. The good news is that nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives."
At the RMU Counseling Center, we believe that student leaders play a critical role in reducing the stigma around mental health and in helping build a campus community where emotional wellness is a priority.
Mission of the THRIVE Program:
The THRIVE Program strives to provide campus outreach for mental health and wellness initiatives through peer educators, known as THRIVE Leaders. THRIVE Leaders are trained on mental health issues, suicide prevention, drugs and alcohol, Title IX and sexual assault prevention, diversity, and common wellness concerns using a public health approach. They serve the campus community by “building a bridge” between the Counseling Center and students, primarily by developing and implementing outreach programs/events that will positively impact the campus community. When THRIVE Leaders become aware of individual students needing support, they provide referrals to appropriate resources and act as a role model for self-care.
Goals of the THRIVE Program:
- Increase help seeking behaviors among students
- Improve decision-making skills in the student body
- Decrease stigma of mental health on campus
- Increase student connection to University
Roles of the THRIVE Leader:
- Serve as a liaison between the Counseling Center and students
- Develop and implement outreach programs/events that will positively impact students
- Be aware of individual students needing support and provide them with referrals
- Take care of themselves and be a good role model for other students
Qualifications to Become a THRIVE Leader:
Program supervisors work closely with THRIVE Leaders over the course of their tenure to develop skills and knowledge to help them grow as campus leaders. However, it is critical that students already have a strong foundation in demonstrating the following qualities in order to become THRIVE Leaders:
- Dependability: THRIVE Leaders are expected to be reliable and trustworthy. This means the ideal THRIVE Leader candidate should, by nature, be prompt, reliable, and able to hold sensitive information in confidentiality.
- Adaptability: THRIVE leaders are expected to be able to adjust to change and show a willingness to be flexible in their approach to solving problems. This means the ideal THRIVE Leader candidate should generally be accepting of new situations, able to balance their personal responsibilities effectively, and comfortable with making decisions independently when needed.
- Initiative: THRIVE Leaders are expected to be creative and responsible. This means the ideal THRIVE Leader candidate should be excited to tackle challenges and come up with fresh ideas, comfortable with serving as a role model to other students in promoting a healthy campus community, and willing to find tasks to do when none are assigned.
- Knowledge/Interest: THRIVE leaders are expected to have basic knowledge of critical mental health issues on college campuses and have a good understanding why it is they are interested in this opportunity. This means the ideal THRIVE Leader candidate should already have an interest in wellness and be able to articulate why they are choosing to apply for this leadership opportunity in particular.
For questions about the THRIVE Program, please email Diane Dahm: firstname.lastname@example.org
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