Well-Being Collective

Seeing urgent and critical mental health needs for students nationwide, Nazareth University has expanded its commitment to support students’ mental health and wellness and to enhance suicide prevention. Nazareth pursued and secured a $300,000, three-year federal grant for this campus-wide Mental Health Awareness Across Campus (MHAAC) project, launching in fall 2023, one of only 22 colleges and universities nationwide to be awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"Student-centricity is at the core of what we do at Nazareth, and we have worked to create interdisciplinary teams and initiatives to prioritize and promote student wellness, mental health, and safety."

— Kim Harvey, Associate VP for Student and Campus Life and Dean of Students

A comprehensive approach

This transformative initiative is designed to provide the training and support campus-wide so that students have the tools and support needed to improve their well-being.

The expanded training empowers hundreds of people on campus to recognize, respond to, and refer students struggling with substance abuse, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. The enhanced support includes embedding health in University policies, fostering supportive environments, generating thriving communities, supporting personal growth, and optimizing campus services.

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chalkboard sign saying "Wellness Wednesday"
students participating in goat yoga

Nazareth's commitment

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318 students + 130 faculty, staff, coaches

receiving mental health, alcohol, and other drugs training. And staff are becoming trainers.

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>2,000 people

being reached via outreach + preventative services

Students, support is here for you

Nazareth University’s resources and support enable you to build resilience and thrive on campus and beyond.

Positive mental health requires ongoing commitment and work. The following areas build upon each other so you can create a foundation for resilience, demonstrate self-awareness, and seek out the appropriate resources.

Well-Being events

Nazareth University Continuum of Care Model

1Practice self-care

2Build your community

3Develop your skills

4Talk about your concerns

5Use campus resources

6Accept assistance & support

7Seek immediate help

You're not alone

"Emotional well-being is important," said Nazareth student Abby Nash '25, a biology major. "It's nice to have counselors and mental health groups on campus that make you feel like you're not alone, and someone to support you every step of the way."

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presenter speaking at a mental health training seminar
students petting Tilly the therapy dog

Provide support

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Students, join an advisory committee

on mental health, being formed

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Faculty, staff, and students

Look for opportunities to sign up for training. Recognize signs of concern and reach out to NazCares.

Nazareth's goals

Create supportive campus environments.

Enhance the campus environment as a living laboratory, identifying opportunities to study and support health and well-being, as well as sustainability and resilience in the built, natural, social, economic, cultural, academic, organizational and learning environments.

Generate thriving communities and a culture of well-being.

Be proactive and intentional in creating empowered, connected, and resilient campus communities that foster an ethic of care, compassion, collaboration, and community action.

Support personal development.

Develop and create opportunities to build student, staff, and faculty resilience, competence, personal capacity, and life-enhancing skills – and so support them to thrive and achieve their full potential and become engaged local and global citizens while respecting the environment.

Create or re-orient campus services.

Coordinate and design campus services to support equitable access, enhance health and well-being, optimize human and ecosystem potential, and promote a supportive organizational culture.

Embed health in all campus policies.

Review, create, and coordinate campus policies and practices with attention to health, well-being, and sustainability so that all planning and decision-making takes account of and supports the flourishing of people, campuses, communities, and our planet.

Nazareth’s goals align with the Okanagan (OH-kə-NAH-gən) Charter: An International Charter for Health-Promoting University and Colleges

WXXI video: Leading a mental health movement among Naz student-athletes

    Meet the game-changers

    WXXI reports: Nazareth University student-athletes are part of a grassroots effort to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the high school and collegiate student-athlete communities.

    Read or listen to the story: Meet the game-changers leading a mental health movement among student-athletes

    Kim Harvey, John Rigney, Beth Paul photos

    Prez Paul Podcast

    This podcast episode explores how mental health is a top priority at Nazareth, and a federal grant brings new opportunities to give faculty and staff the tools needed to support and help students. Listen: Mental Health Across Campus

    Grant support

    Nazareth’s grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is for comprehensive public health and evidence-based approaches that enhance mental health services for college students, promote help-seeking behavior, and reduce harm so students can successfully complete their studies.