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Be well, to do well

GradWell

GradWell—Be well, to do well, seeks to improve graduate student wellbeing and foster academic success at the Graduate College at Boise State University by providing mental wellness education, facilitating access to mental health resources, and fostering students’ community connections.

Graduate students are significantly more likely than the general population to report symptoms of depression and related anxiety. GradWell seeks to provide information and resources for graduate students and those who support them.

Resources

The overall wellness of graduate students is uniquely influenced by several aspects of their academic and work experience. In addition to their perceived relationship with their advisor and work-life balance, their wellness is influenced by financial concerns, academic progression, sleep, physical health, and developing and maintaining social connectedness.

Institutional Framework and Support

Graduate student mental health and well-being has long been a focus at Boise State University. The GradWell initiative, implemented several years ago through a collaboration between the Graduate College and Counseling Services, provides mental wellness education, facilitates access to mental health resources, and fosters graduate student connections. GradWell also engages graduate faculty by providing them with methods to identify graduate students in distress and access to resources.

Promoting the critical role wellness plays in student success, the Council of Graduate Schools recently released the Statement of Principles and Commitments on Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. This framework for institutional action addresses campus-wide, collaborative approaches to protecting the wellbeing of master’s and doctoral students. The document helps to further identify the value of targeting graduate student wellness and the importance of striving for a university culture that embraces graduate student mental health and provides essential resources for the graduate community.

Links to Other Campus Resources

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