WRAP®Works For Schools and Students
The Research: The Undeniable Need
In her 2013 student mental health report based on a survey of 1600 students, Dr. Robin Everall—the provost fellow for the University of Alberta—states that “something is very wrong.”
In response to Dr. Everall's survey:
- About 51 per cent of students had reported that, within the past 12 months, they’d “felt things were hopeless.”
- Over half felt “overwhelming anxiety.”
- A shocking 7% admitted they’d “seriously considered suicide.”
- About one per cent had attempted suicide.
These problems aren’t unique to U of A. “It’s across all of North America,” says Dr. Everall.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, “the 15-24 age range is the single largest group of Canadians who face mental health challenges. It is also the age where they are the most malleable to improvement but the least likely to seek help.”
There is mounting evidence that addressing mental health and well-being:
- Is likely to have the greatest impact for all students
- Can help students improve their academic performance, stay in school and complete
- their degree/diploma.
- Results in students who are successful in post-secondary education
- Results in students experiencing increased levels of self-confidence, self-efficiency and empowerment
Let’s Change the Lens based on the Evidence
It’s time to stop blurring the lines between mental illness and MENTAL HEALTH. The World Health Organization defines:
- Mental Illness as a disorder that impacts mood, thoughts, behavior and personality and impairs function. Fact: 1 out of 5 people in Canada will have a mental illness in their lifetime.
- MENTAL HEALTH as a state of well-being with two key elements: Feeling good and functioning well.
According to a 2014 GAP Analysis report:
- The majority of Public Addiction and Mental Health program funding in Alberta is largely dedicated to providing services to individuals with addiction and mental illness.
- Only 0.1% of funds are directed to prevention of mental illness. There are limited resources in this area, yet it is well documented that many individuals who are struggling, prefer self-management.
The Future: Your Educational Institution becomes an Industry Leader
Your educational institution will be proactive and preventative because you will have prioritized the
emotional WELL-BEING and RESILIENCE of your students.
You will focus on what’s strong not what’s wrong!
You will focus on strengths and wellness not problems and deficits.
Your educational institution will take action to offer students a wellness program that keeps them feeling good and functioning well while mastering the challenges of academic life.
Contact us to gain more information about this powerful new program that is achieving remarkable results.
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