Reflections | Mental Health and Well-Being.

The truth is that the other day I was greatly honored and thankful to attend a free webinar / presentation that was hosted by the PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology. Within the live presentation joined Dr. Philip Zimbardo who is also known as Dr. Z. Dr. Philip Zimbardo is a World renowned psychologist and is amongst the greatest and well-known in the field of Psychology, to include: Dr. Albert Bandura and the founding fathers of American Psychology William James. Dr. Zimmerman is the former President of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Stanford Professor.

The discussion of the presentation was to make students aware of Student Mental Health and the impact of mental health upon student cognitions, health, well-being and so-forth. I appreciated the advocacy and support for student mental / brain health and the tool that is provided to help address the challenges that students face very often. These efforts are led by the organization called: The Good Student, developed by Joseph Dorri (MA) who is a mentee of Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

I appreciated the efforts of this organization, especially to note the many psychological illnesses that are produced from the Coronavirus Health Pandemic. I reflected upon the questionnaire / survey, that individuals are required to take as a starting point to gain insights and access to helpful resources. Some of the questions may be thought of as intrusive, sensitive, especially surrounding family circumstances. I also wondered if students would need help and guidance, and if the questions needed to be completed all at once, and how this would impact a student whose cognitive focus was affected from a mental health condition (s)?

I also recognized why privacy and confidentiality was important, especially to gain the trust of student populations. Having said this – while I recognize the protection of family, friends and so forth, I wondered where does this put students / individuals who are in need of mental health care, need help, need to reach-out to talk to someone and communicate? Does it and should it ever mean that someone should not ask for help, or is made to suffer purposely in silence for the safety and protection of others?

It is with these thoughts I would like to congratulate the efforts of the PSI CHI, The Good Student, Dr. Philip Zimmerman and Joseph Dorri. I am proud to learn and reflect upon your presentation and endeavors to support mental health and well-being for student academic / learning success.

Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on February 6th 2023. All views and opinions are my own.

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With Love & Kindness! 🇺🇸

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