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May 25, 2021

MDHEWD partners with Show-Me Hope to focus on student mental health

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) will host a webinar, Wednesday, May 26, at 10 a.m. on student success and mental health. More than 260 educators are registered to attend.

Hosted in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Show-Me Hope Missouri, the webinar will provide discussion and resources on how students and staff can prioritize mental health.

A separate event, specifically for students, will stream live from the Journey to College Instagram account Tuesday, June 1, at 2 p.m.

MDHEWD recently surveyed institutions to see what stressors are impacting their students. The top answers were depression, anxiety, financial burdens, loneliness, and isolation. Many of these factors have been further exacerbated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The mental health of our colleges and universities is imperative to student outcomes and success. This includes everyone on campus – both students and those working alongside students,” said Zora Mulligan, commissioner of higher education. “Together, we can take steps to increase our mental health, and in turn, change the lives of the students we serve.”

Wednesday’s webinar is for anyone who interacts with students at the high school and college levels. Speakers include Commissioner Mulligan and Rachel Jones, manager of trauma-informed treatment for the division of behavioral health.

“Mental health is essential and talking about it can help those struggling realize they are not alone,” said Mark Stringer, mental health department director.  “Individuals experiencing mental health issues deserve care, understanding and compassion as well as the opportunity to find a path to hope, healing and recovery.”

Those interested in attending the webinar can register here. Tune in to the IGTV at 2 p.m. on June 1, at https://www.instagram.com/journey2college/

About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.