In his communique of May 30, 2019, CU Anschutz Chancellor, Donald Elliman, stated:
"As we increase our efforts to meet the mental health needs of the state and region, I want to take a moment to discuss the well-being of our community right here on campus. Health care can be a demanding profession. More than half of providers in this country experience symptoms of stress and burnout, and the problem extends to those learning to become providers. Here at CU Anschutz, 89 percent of our students report having felt overwhelmed or exhausted in the past year, and 63 percent experienced overwhelming anxiety. In this place of exceedingly high achievement, it’s critical for us to maintain a nurturing campus environment with easily accessible resources that promote our students’ mental health and well-being. To that end, a working group of leaders from all our schools and colleges recently assessed our efforts and recommended ways to streamline the path for students to receive mental health support. We’ve since put significant resources behind improving the efficiency and expertise of our clinical help and providing other supports".
He went on to outline three major initiatives that are part of his Student Mental Health Plan.
YOU@CUAnschutz - a customized well-being portal with tools, content, and resources designed to improve overall wellness and campus connection. The platform contains the university’s resources, increasing student awareness of the support available to them both on and off campus. Using their CU Anschutz credentials, students, faculty and staff can log into the portal 24/7 from any device. Launched in August, 2019
Student Peer Coaching – we are in the process of developing a student peer coaching program, in which students will receive one-on-one support from peers trained as wellness coaches. Topic areas may include stress management and mindfulness, fostering positive social connections, goal setting, academic skills enrichment and navigating campus resources. Expected to launch in spring 2020
Mental Health First Aid - providing students training that gives them the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. CU Anschutz faculty and staff were trained as instructors in October 2019, with regularly scheduled classes for students, faculty and staff starting in November 2019.