Supporting Student Mental Health: Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Communities of Care on Campuses
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Project Launchpad National Digital Summit
In the last 10 months, the United States has been hit by a wave of public health and other societal challenges that have weighed heavily on campus communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down and has disproportionately affected people of color, due to inequities in health care and racism.
Additionally, police brutality against Black Americans has been graphically demonstrated in the media accompanied by protests across the nation. Furthermore, xenophobia has negatively impacted many Asians and Asian Americans who are being blamed by some for COVID-19 and subjected to violence and discrimination. The financial impact of the virus also has been devastating, with millions of people losing their jobs and needing to apply for unemployment. As we go forward and help create a new launchpad for students, we must do so from a trauma-informed perspective. In this way, we can more fully support students as they work through experiences of anxiety, pain and trauma toward healing.
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Dunkle, John; Brown McNair, Tia; and Pertuz, Sofia B., "Supporting Student Mental Health: Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Communities of Care on Campuses" (2020). Rebuilding the Launchpad: Serving Students During Covid Resource Library. 12.