Mind Well

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Mission: With recognition of the diverse and complex life roles of our students, Mind Well aims to promote mental wellbeing, resilience, social connectedness, and to creative coping strategies throughout the community.

Why is Mind Well important to our health and wellbeing?

Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. When we are mentally well, we can cope with stress more effectively, be more present and engaged in our interpersonal relationships, and be more mindful in our choices and decision-making skills.

Highlights

  • TWU’s music therapy program is the oldest ongoing program in Texas and one of the first in the nation, featuring faculty and staff from CAPS, the Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic, and several TWU alumni. As one of only 5 universities in Texas offering music therapy degrees, this program has been approved by the American Music Therapy Association.
  • Partnering with Denton County MHMR and spearheaded by Dr. Linda Louden and Dr. Lisa Grubbs, TWU offers grant-supported, monthly workshops in Mental Health First Aid Certification to TWU faculty, staff, and students. Classes converted to an online format in Fall 2020 with registrations typically filling up in one day.
  • Led by Cindy Okemwenkhase, Graduate Assistant for Mind Well, TWU hosted a unique virtual workshop and presentation featuring Deun Ivory in honor of Women’s History Month. Deun Ivory, an art director and photographer featured in Essence Magazine, Elite Daily, Marie Claire, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Vsco, H&M, Apple, and the Black Girl in Om podcast, presented “the body: a home for love” which discussed creative wellness, visual storytelling, and personal healing, particularly giving voice and celebrating the wellness of minority women.

Committee Members

  • Linda Louden, Co-Lead, CAPS in Dallas and Houston, Associate Director 
  • Lisa Grubbs, Co-Lead, Human Development Family Studies & Counseling, Assistant Professor
  • Elizabeth Dobbs Howard, Student Life, Senior Design Specialist
  • Claudia Pyland, Psychology and Philosophy, Associate Professor
  • Jennifer Bogardus, Physical Therapy Program Houston, Assistant Professor 
  • Jessenia Garcia, Human Development Family Studies & Counseling, Assistant Professor
  • Ratonia Runnels, Social Work, Associate Professor
  • Rebecca West, Music Therapy, Assistant Professor
  • Carolyn Hardin, Research and Sponsorship, Research Funding Coordinator 
  • Stephanie Evans, Nursing Dallas, Assistant Professor

Goals for 2021-2022

  1. Increase Mind Well’s presence as an advocate for mental and emotional wellbeing at an institutional level while continuing to connect students, faculty, and staff to resources and support.
  2. Recent data indicates TWU graduate and undergraduate students experience concerns related to body image, technology use, stress management, anxiety management, and depression across all campuses, majors, and programs. Mind Well will continue to promote wellness across these areas through connection to resources, education, coping strategies, and events. 
  3. Develop curriculum related to Mind Well themes that can be used by faculty wishing to incorporate health and wellbeing subject matter into their curriculum

Caregiver Video Project

The TWU Mind Well Committee is currently working on a project to highlight our students who are also caregivers of children, parents, younger siblings, etc. The project entails students recording themselves answering a question about their experiences being a caregiver. The video recording should only be about 30 seconds to one minute in length. We are compiling the clips on the Health & Wellbeing Playlist. This effort supports our students by providing faculty, staff and other students some context about what our caregiver students experience. 

If you are interested in participating, choose one of the following questions to answer. Once you have filmed your video, submit it to wellbeing@twu.edu with the subject “Mind Well Caregiver Video.”

  1. What resources have you found helpful as a caretaker?
  2. What do you wish people knew about what you go through as a caretaker?
  3. How do you balance your roles as both a student and a caretaker?
  4.  How might faculty and staff members support you as a student who is a caretaker?
  5. How do you make time for yourself as a student and caretaker?
  6. What have you found that helps to re-energize you or to take care of yourself?
  7. What is the best part of being a student caretaker? What is the hardest part?

Student Organization Champions

These student organizations reflect and support the overall mission of Mind Well:

  • Active Minds
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Team One Love
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Psi Chi
  • Student Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • TRIBE
  • HOPE

Page last updated 9:44 AM, August 10, 2021