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10 ways faculty and staff can promote student well-being
The University Counseling Center and Center for Teaching and Learning have many resources to support students experiencing mental health challenges or crises — but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are 10 ways to proactively promote well-being at Pitt.
Learn even more ways to support students in the Faculty and Staff Student Support Guide.
1. Build in opportunities to highlight well-being throughout the semester. Convey compassion by spending a few minutes at the beginning of class and/or meetings to check in and see how students are doing. You can also invite a member of the University Counseling Center team to share tips on self-care and managing academic stress.
2. Consider holidays and academic breaks in creating assignment deadlines. Encourage students to use breaks to engage in self-care activities.
3. Encourage sleep by having assignments due by 9 or 10 p.m. instead of 11:59 p.m.
4. Consider creating flexible deadlines when possible.
5. Discuss the best way to prepare for high-stakes moments in the term, such as midterms, comprehensive exams, dissertation defenses and finals.
6. Create a well-being resource section on your course site and in your syllabus.
7. Talk with members of your department about ways you can proactively support students.
9. Learn best practices to support student success at Pitt.
10. Explore Thrive @ Pitt to learn more about well-being resources available to students.