Putting the Whole Student First

 

Putting students first is our mission at Kennesaw State, and we do that by ensuring that they receive a quality education with access to experiential learning opportunities such as internships, co-ops and research that enables them to put what they learn into practice. But it also means caring about the whole student.

With that in mind, KSU has launched Wellbeing@KSU, a comprehensive mental health wellbeing initiative that builds on Kennesaw State’s existing resources offered through Student Health ServicesHealth Promotion and WellnessCounseling and Psychological ServicesSports and Recreation, and the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery.

The additional services are part of a statewide initiative to enhance mental health and student support services throughout the University System of Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USG and Kennesaw State are partnering with two organizations dedicated to health and wellbeing: Christie Campus Health, which expands access to behavioral health resources for students on and off campus, and the Jed Campus program, which is guiding KSU through a strategic planning process to build on existing student mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention efforts.

Under the leadership of Teresa Johnston, assistant vice president for student affairs, the new Wellbeing@KSU initiative gives students access to a mental health support line (470-578-6600), wellness peer mentors, and an online wellness hub with educational resources. There will also be expanded mental health training for faculty, staff and students, as well as additional treatment opportunities and campus programming.

All of these programs are in place to maintain a healthy and supportive community for all our students, particularly during these challenging times. As Kennesaw State continues to grow as a student-centered university, the provision of mental wellbeing support services is vital to ensure that our students succeed.

Pamela Whitten

President

Written By Whitten

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