Here's How You Can Become a #WSUWeSupportU Faculty/Staff Mental Health Advocate

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Students face many challenges throughout their college careers, from learning how to be adults to balancing school, work and life, all stressors compounded by the pandemic. You can help be a positive influence on students mental health by following these tips:

  • Incorporate the #WeSupportU Mental Wellness in the Classroom Cards curriculum into your class: request your free set at
  • Complete the #WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training for free online with a valid WSU e-mail address, and encourage your class to take it by offering class time or extra credit
  • Wear your Suspenders4Hope shirt. Need a shirt? Get yours at the ShockerStore or at
  • Model vulnerability by talking about mental health openly and directly to let students know it’s ok to not be ok
  • Share your mental wellness stories and Suspenders4Hope selfies on social media using #WSUWeSupportU and tagging @Suspenders4Hope
  • Encourage students to follow, like and share @ShockersCAPS and @Suspenders4Hope on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for free tips to help manage their mental health, along with other campus organizations like Student Affairs and Care Team
  • Check in with your students and encourage them to check in with one another - if a student is in distress, refer them to CAPS or submit a concern to CARE Team

Assistance is also available to faculty and staff who may be struggling at this time through Human Resources.