The UAB Honors College is tackling mental health concerns on the university campus through a new initiative, the Mental Health Ambassadors Program. Honors Faculty Fellow, Dr. Robin Lanzi, who is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, is spearheading the program. The new program initiated 40 Mental Health Ambassadors.
Dr. Lanzi sought to create honors programming that would make a positive impact on student wellbeing and bring awareness to a sensitive topic across the nation.
“Mental health and mental well-being are critical to our student’s success and their day-to-day lives,” said Dr. Robin Lanzi. “So many of our students are facing challenging situations with their mental health. We must work together to address our students’ mental health needs. I truly believe that students want to be part of the solution. They want to help each other. They want to see bright futures for each other. Our Mental Health Ambassadors Program is about building a capacity and a culture of resiliency”.
Ambassadors will play a key role in the development of mental health advocacy using practical skills to address concerns and provide information on mental health services and activities on campus. They will develop presentations for their peers, focusing on mental health awareness, resiliency and self-care.
This program will continue through the 2020-2021 academic school year.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 21