Mental health awareness on campus

Staff Report
Posted 9/2/22

Allison Moore, Co-Founder and President of ThriveWay, was recently invited to talk about mental health awareness at Coastal Alabama Community College's (CACC) back-to-school professional development …

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Mental health awareness on campus

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Allison Moore, Co-Founder and President of ThriveWay, was recently invited to talk about mental health awareness at Coastal Alabama Community College's (CACC) back-to-school professional development day.

Coastal's mission is to invest in the success of its students, provide excellence in teaching and learning, and advance community development. One way they are living out this mission is evident in their cutting-edge efforts to empower and educate their faculty regarding the fundamentals of mental health and the pivotal role they can play in the well-being of their student body.

"We know through nationwide surveys in higher education that nearly seven out of ten students report experiencing mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or depression. It is important that we equip our faculty and staff to assist students in their mental health wellness. Our number one goal is to ensure our students stay healthy and achieve their educational goals," said Dr. Craig Pouncey, President of Coastal Community College.

This is the second phase of the college's mental health initiative and partnership with ThriveWay. During the first phase, Moore worked with the educators at Coastal to develop their crisis intervention procedures and then trained the faculty on these new processes.

"When initially approached by Coastal in 2021, I was delighted to hear that a two-year college system - especially of their magnitude - was interested in strengthening their mental health resources in order to best serve their employees and student body," Moore said.

When the student conduct administrator at Coastal Community College, Celeste Robertson, was asked about this program she said, "This partnership provided the college with educational, motivational and practical information on mental health trends, prevention strategies, and follow-up procedures that are relevant and timely in the post-covid educational environment."

ThriveWay hopes to continue to grow and support institutions around the country by building their mental health awareness campaigns and teaching people how to recognize the signs of someone that needs support. To learn more about ThriveWay, visit their website at thriveway.com.

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