The Hawse-Elias Plan for Health and Wellness

Mental Health is a key component to our safety and wellbeing as students and as a campus community. 64% of American university students drop out because of mental health concerns. The pressures in our lives are enormous and it is of the utmost importance that students at the University of Kentucky feel safe and comfortable seeing mental health professionals on and off-campus. However, in order to create this culture we need to meet students where they are. This is a pandemic and it will not be easily resolved. However, it is our responsibility to do what we can to create more accessibility in our mental health resources. UK has many resources, however it can be hard for students to navigate these resources and nearly impossible to get the help that they need. It is our priority to ensure that UKSGA and our university provide students with the resources they need. 

The Hawse-Elias Team supports: 

  • Building a Canvas shell that lists resources related to wellbeing, COVID-19, mental health, academics, diversity and inclusion, involvement opportunities, and financial wellness 

  • Working with Well Kentucky to link their website to MyUK in order for students to access streamlined resources 

  • Pushing administrators to fulfill their commitment to hiring more BIPOC counselors that are able to address the mental health needs of marginalized communities — we want to ensure that students have a comfortable environment to heal from racial trauma and mental health disparities 

  • Making Suicide Prevention Training mandatory for both incoming freshmen, transfer students, and more accessible for student organizations 

  • Implementing an SGA Health and Wellness task-force team to create a mental health bill of rights. This team will also work to address overall wellness concerns of students that can be presented to administrators such as the counseling center and healthcorp

  • Expanding the amount of Telehealth and counseling center appointments available to students

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