In a time where physical health takes precedence, mental health can’t be forgotten.
With virtual support groups, individual one-on-ones, and additional resources available for students, Babson College ensures it is still here to help.
A number of students forced to leave campus due to the coronavirus outbreak experienced routine disruption, said Director for Wellness & Prevention Services Ashleigh Hala.
To ease the adjustment to online learning, and other stressors that may result from such disruption, Babson established more than 10 virtual support groups, including some specifically for seniors, student-athletes, and those who may be caring for someone who is sick or at risk of being sick, to name a few.
Students also have the opportunity to reach out for one-on-one guidance.
“Navigating a new online learning environment requires quick and significant adjustment for students, staff, and faculty,” Hala said. “We have to remember this is a shared global trauma.”
To access Babson Health and Wellness resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-239-5200.
Hala advised using video and voice chats to stay connected with friends and family, which will help boost our overall mental health.
“We’re built to create relationships with one another,” she said. “Being able to do that in a way that is affectual, where we can see one another, will absolutely have a positive impact on our sense of community and overall mental health.”
Usually held on campus in April, and co-led by Babson Peers on Wellness, CARE week is an annual series of programs to honor sexual assault awareness month. This year, also as part of its continued mental health efforts, Babson made sure to bring CARE week to its community, online. In Responding to Disclosure, a webinar, Hala explained how members of the Babson community can support survivors.
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