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Emotional Wellbeing Badge

Participating in the Emotional Wellbeing Badge allows for faculty and staff to understand their role more fully in promoting mental health and wellbeing on our campus. It is no secret that the mental health of college students is an escalating crisis. Over 78% of WVU students reported either moderate or serious psychological distress on the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) in Fall 2021. 

But this problem does not just challenge our students. Faculty and staff are straining under increasing demands and further resource restriction. According to the National Faculty/Staff Health Assessment, conducted at WVU in Fall 2021, 37% of faculty and staff reported either depression or anxiety. And 20.5% of faculty and staff reported experiencing ALL of the following within the last 12 months: 
  • Difficulty coping with stressful events or situations
  • Felt so depressed that it was difficult to function
  • Felt overwhelming anxiety 
  • Felt overwhelmed by all they had to do
By enrolling in this badge program, faculty and staff members will help build the skills they needs to help manage emotional wellbeing concerns with their students, but also gives them the opportunity to reflect on their own mental health and how they are taking care of themselves. 

Badge Learning Outcomes
  1. Participants will be able to describe signs of distress in students. 
  2. Participants will be able to confidently refer both students and peers to the appropriate campus resources when showing signs of distress. 
  3. Participants will be able to articulate the importance of faculty in the promotion and support of mental health on campus. 

Additional Information on Program Elements

  • For more information and to request training on Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health 101, Kognito, and the Get Inclusive Mental Health module, please visit our Mental Health Training Resources page.
  • For more information regarding SafeTALK, please email Wes Thomas
  • The Mental Health Statement to include on syllabi and embed on eCampus: 
    • Mental health concerns or stressful events can adversely affect your academic performance and social relationships. WVU offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns that you may be experiencing. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus at the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCCPS) website: https://carruth.wvu.edu/.

      • If you are in need of crisis services, call the CCCPS main number 24/7: (304) 293-4431.

      Crisis services are also available through text: Text WVU to 741741 for support 24/7 from a trained Crisis Counselor.

      A longer version of this optional statement is available for reference.

  • To request presentations
  • For information on the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, visit their webpage.
  • For information on campus events relating to emotional wellbeing, follow WELLWVU and Carruth on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! 

Element Submission

To submit program elements for hours, please use this Qualtrics link. 

Badge Completion

After completing the required 15 (minimum) hours, participants will be emailed a link to a final badge evaluation. Participants must score at least 80% on the assessment to be issued the badge. 



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