Improving Student Mental Health
President Cockett formed a comprehensive working group to advise her on how to address declines in mental wellbeing and the academic and personal consequences of mental health issues among students.
The Mental Health Working Group is charged with:
- Assessing the mental health needs of USU students.
- Assessing and recommending improvements for mental health education.
- Assessing and recommending improvements for access to mental health services.
- Recommending a five-year plan to address mental health issues on campus.
Addressing declines in mental health requires an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. The president’s working group reflects this. It includes faculty subject-matter experts in psychology, social work, and USU Extension and staff who address mental health issues as part of their jobs, including Student Affairs, Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Disability Resource Center. Staff and faculty from regional campuses also provide a state-wide campus perspective.