So What? How does this affect your Strategy?
Looking at the example outcomes may make it more obvious that:
- You cannot achieve these alone – so you’ll need to be looking for groups on campus or in the community with whom you want to develop and grow working relationships.
- Each of these has multiple steps to achieve in order to get there.
- For example, for Students (or faculty members, staff members, administrators) to actively practice ways to manage stresses in their lives and in their academic lives, they might need to understand what options there are, to understand how stress works in their lives, and how to reflect and adapt their stress management practices as they learn more and more about what works.Any of those are sub-outcomes that you might focus on in any given year;
- You can’t achieve them all by just ‘doing’ / just implementing initiatives, The Mentally Healthy Campus Strategy describes 15 types of actions you can use – doing is just one of them.Here’s some examples:
- Take action on your own. Plan and run your own services and programs.
- Work in collaboration with others. You may have a lead role or support your collaborators as they lead. One example might be to work with a professor who’s interested in establishing a Service Learning component to a class- and provide ideas on how that could be an initiative related to one of the Mentally Healthy Campus outcomes. Another is to work with the Counseling department or a community agency to make sure any information resources are accurate, and/or to schedule events so they build on each other.
- You may provide your expertise, experience, and insights to mitigate risk and improve outcomes. For example, some student associations have helped community agencies adapt their offerings to be more engaging to Post Secondary students.
- You may encourage, find joy, and strengthen others as they succeed (and perhaps even more so when they fail having worked hard in a good cause).
- You may demonstrate for others what good looks like – for example, being a person who’s comfortable talking about mental wellness and illness – or the Students Association as a mentally healthy organization.