Understanding the Wellness Needs of Students

Understanding the Wellness Needs of Students
A part of the “Advise the Advisor” series
Presented by: Ashley Humeniuk, Health Promotion Coordinator – SU Wellness Centre
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April0814 PhotoAshley Humeniuk from the Wellness centre provided an overview of the most common health concerns of students at University of Calgary to increase our understanding of the current behaviors and perceptions of the students we work with.  Graduate and undergraduate students from across campus were invited to participate in the National College Health Assessment, and the results of this survey provided the foundation for this presentation.

A total of 882 people participated in the survey; the vast majority (91.3%) were undergraduate students.  The number one factor affecting academic performance as identified by the respondents was stress.  The health concerns of our students included: general health and safety, alcohol, tobacco and drugs, sexual health, physical health (e.g., nutrition, physical activity), mental health and academic impacts.

The SU Wellness Centre has adopted a healthy campus model to respond to the findings with the survey. The Healthy Campus Website includes tools kits and resources to help students support students based on the concerns identified.

At the end of the session, we were asked – how can we contribute to a supportive and inclusive campus environment? Some of suggestions were to: respond early to concerns, attend to noticeable changes in behavior, encourage students to seek help, provide information about resources and normalize help seeking behavior.

Additional details can be found in this Understanding the Wellness Needs of Students presentation.

Blog posted by: Angela Judge-Stasiak
Photos by: Cameron Vanderwey

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