According the Jed Foundation, “mental health problems are a leading impediment to academic success among college students.” Further suicide remains the second leading cause of death among college students. The following statement can be found on the Jed Foundation website:
In the past, responsibility for student mental health rested solely on the shoulders of university counseling centers. Today, experts believe the right solution involves all stakeholders — the entire campus community, healthcare professionals, government, young people and their parents — in safeguarding student mental health.
BGSU has a way for anyone to get involved in creating a community of care on campus. Messages of Care welcomes students, faculty, and staff to submit an anonymous message that may be supportive, motivational, or encouraging to remind everyone that we are not alone at BGSU. You never know when your message might give someone courage or bring a smile to someone's face during a challenging time.
You are invited to share your Message of Care with the BGSU community when you see us collecting them at a table in the Student Union or other event on campus. These messages are shared with the community in a variety of ways, including social media. Maybe you will see a Message of Care you would like to share with a friend, classmate, or co-worker!
Help collect messages of care by staffing a table at the Student Union. Individual students or student groups may sign up to help with this. These messages collected on post-it notes are distributed through this website, Twitter, and in various artistic ways throughout campus. If you or your group would like to help with this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org