You Won, Now What?
Congratulations, you won! Now what? You have big plans, ambitions, and ideas that motivated you to run. Get started.
Questions to diagnose where things are at:
- What is mental wellness?
- What does it mean to have a mentally healthy campus?
- What have been the greatest successes? Where is our momentum?
- Who are our key partners? Who else plays in the mental wellness community in and around your school?
- Who funds mental wellness, and what are their priorities?
- Review the Mental Wellness File
- Review the Toolkit
- Work with your predecessor to meet and sustain relationships with partners.
- Work to understand mental wellness as a connected, complex system, rather than a set of separate activities. This holistic view will help you make the most impact with your efforts.
Things to consider collectively:
- Look over resources from ASEC / ACMHI and the Alberta Healthy Campus Community of Practice.
- Attend a conference from ASEC, CAUSE, or other student collective.
- Attend a Healthy Campus Community of Practice meeting near your community
Along with other orientation, the tools can help you understand the opportunities and responsibilities of your portfolio, especially regarding mental wellness. Supporting a mentally health campus takes both a big picture view and specific focused activities throughout the year.
Student Journey Map
The Student Journey Map is where you should start with the toolkit—the other pieces will be more useful as you get into detailed planning and strategy, and then as you deliver and learn from projects throughout the year.
Use the student journey during your orientation to help you develop your perspective:
- Look at things through the lens of the student experience,
- See that experience with a holistic view, and
- Manage your efforts as a portfolio that balances different needs throughout the year.
You may find the maturity model interesting now but we suggest waiting until you are shifting into your big picture planning and strategy to really dig into it. It is a great example of how different connected activities come together to create a mentally healthy campus.
Evaluation and Learning Framework (ELF)
The Evaluation and Learning Framework will help you during your planning, and then especially during your evaluation and learning from individual projects and your overall efforts in the year as you reflect and report on your ACMHI initiatives.
Mentally Healthy Campus Strategy (MHCS)
Skimming the provincial strategy will help orient you to an overall picture of your own campus activities and how you can work with other schools and ASEC to create further support provincially for mentally healthy campuses.