Richland Community College forging ahead on mental health

Richland Community College forging ahead on mental health

DECATUR, ill. (WCIA) – Richland Community College is moving forward with a focus on mental health.

In partnership with the JED Foundation, a representative met with the students on Monday and Tuesday. The representative gathered student perspectives on mental health, created campus-specific goals, and developed a strategic plan for how the two organizations will work together to implement those goals.

Richland began this 4-year partnership with the JED Foundation in February.

“For us at Richland, establishing a strategic mental health plan signals to our students and community stakeholders that mental health is a priority for the institution,” said Vice President of Student Success Dr. said Isaac Zuniga. “Taking care of mental health is student success.”

Over the past few days, student ideas have provided a framework for Richland to begin creating a campus mental health plan.

Along with the JED Foundation visit, Richland also hosted a Fresh Check day on Tuesday to focus on mental health and suicide prevention on college campuses. The event included interactive booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support from multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, prizes and giveaways.

All of these efforts further support Richland’s focus on mental health within the campus community.

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