Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Supporting Student Wellbeing Toolkit

Why Health and Wellness Matters For Student Success

  • Research shows that student health and wellbeing is inextricably linked to academic success, retention, and persistence to graduation.
  • Students who are not physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially well are more likely to leave the institution and have poorer academic performance (ACE, APA, NASPA, 2014).
  • According to Iowa State University data, the four top impediments to academic performance as reported by students include stress, sleep, depression, and anxiety (NCHA, 2019, p. 5).
  • Students who withdraw and do not return to higher education do so primarily from mental and behavioral health related reasons.  (NAMI, 2012). 
  • University presidents’ indicate that mental health and well-being is an increasing priority for their campuses and that it takes a campus community effort to improve well-being. 

Completing Your Plan

Making an intentional plan to support student health and wellbeing is a great first step to set you up for success for this next academic year.

The following is a Qualtrics action plan to fill out that allows you to pick some of the strategies you want to do this year to support student well-being. The examples and strategies below are not exhaustive and there are many additional ways to support student well-being. There is space in the action plan for your to write in your own strategies!

Once you are done, you will receive an email with a summary of your plan that you can save.  It will include contact information and links for support from Student Health and Wellness.

In one month, you will receive a follow up email from Qualtrics checking in on your progress with additional information on ways we can help support you.

Brief Action Plan Supporting Wellbeing

Preparing your Plan – How Student Health and Wellness Can Support You

Supporting student wellbeing is all of our responsibility.  We all play an important role in creating a culture of wellbeing, helping connect students to resources, and helping students thrive at ISU.  Student Health and Wellness offers various resources, programs, and services that you can connect students too.  In addition, Student Health and Wellness can assist you in implementing health and wellness strategies in your settings to support student well-being.  The following includes some actionable strategies and suggestions faculty and staff can do in their own settings to enhance student wellbeing. 

***Note – Some resources and programs are still in development and will be available at some point during the Fall semester. 

Supporting Student Wellbeing Toolkit

All of the following below are in the PDF toolkit above.

Get Involved

Course or Meeting Structure and Content

  • Add or adapt a Class assignment, like a reflection or paper topic, to focus on public health or wellness current issues.   
  • Adjust deadlines to promote sleep hygiene
    • Have assignments due in Canvas by 10pm instead of midnight.
    • Have all meetings end prior to 10pm. 
  • Have students view recorded webinars and programs from Student Counseling Services or attend a health and wellness event on campus for extra credit or a group activity.
  • Incorporate breaks into longer online classes or virtual meetings. Focus these breaks on wellbeing practice like stretching, relaxing music, or mindfulness. 
  • Start class or a meeting by having everyone write down three things they are grateful for this week

Provide Information and Resources

  • Share Cyclones Care materials and videos in your spaces and classes
  • Share information about Recreation Services fitness classes, personal training, and intramurals.
  • Make safer sex items (e.g. condoms, lubricant) available in your space. Use the free request form to get them from Student Wellness
  • Share promotional materials and encourage students to get their flu shot
  • Encourage students to download MyState app to use the map features to find condom dispensers and public microwaves available on campus
  • Share Outdoor Recreation extended trips schedules and equipment rental options with students

Program and Education

  • Promote students to do the self-guided Sleep Well Program or do this together as a group program
  • Have all staff/faculty in your department complete Kognito for Faculty/Staff Training in Learn@ISU