Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
The unprecedented public health actions needed to contain the pandemic, along with social distancing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and financial stress is wreaking havoc on our mental health. To assist us in these challenging times, we are providing mental health resources provided by different departments. USF cares about you and your health!
- University Ministry events are open to USF community members of all faiths, beliefs, and identities. ALL are welcome. Please reach out at any time for support or with questions about specific programs.
- Concern, USF's employee assistance program, provides a summary of services open to all faculty/staff and family members.
- Suicide Prevention Training: GoUSF, CAPS, and Health Promotion Services offer a free training called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Certification. According to the QPR website: the mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. If you and/or members of your organization are interested in learning more about suicide prevention, QPR trainers are available to schedule a 1.5-hour QPR Gatekeeper Certification training session via Zoom for you. Schedule a QPR training for yourself or your group here. For questions, contact Stephanie McGrath, PsyD.
- Faculty and staff are often the first to recognize a student’s struggle. To assist us in learning what to do when we see a student struggling, CAPS created the Promoting Student Mental Health and Wellness guide which includes resources, referral assistance, suggestions for interactions with troubled students, support options, and more. Please consult this comprehensive guide, located on the CAPS website, when considering accessing Student Life assistance.