Partner Focus: Health and Wellness Initiatives

April 28, 2021

Health and Wellness Initiatives was established in the Spring of 2020 under the Dean of Students office.  Derived out the University of Arizona’s strategic plan, the overarching vision for the creation of the department included providing leadership and structure to expand the health and wellness vision of the institution, advancing mental health services access and expanding professional training opportunities, research, and development.

The department houses the following programs:

  1. Life Management Counseling and Consulting
    Professional Licensed Mental Health Counselors, known as Life Management Counselors provide an innovative model of no-cost counseling services to students within the following departments and academic support units across campus: The Thrive Center, The A Center, Eller College of Management, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  In addition, they serve as consultants to faculty and staff, answering questions and concerns regarding how to support students, and providing workshops and trainings.
  2. Wildcats R.I.S.E.
    Wildcats R.I.S.E., which stands for Resilience In Stressful Events, is a peer-to-peer program that offers Psychological First Aid (PFA) to students in a confidential and safe environment, as part of a group or a one-on-one session. R.I.S.E. was created to respond to the growing mental health needs of students in the wake of the global pandemic. It is offered at no-cost to students through an on-demand model (thanks to SASG for making this possible!).
  3. Mental Health First Aid Training
    Provided at no-cost to faculty and staff, Mental Health First Aid training teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Originally provided in-person, it has transitioned to a virtual model during COVID-19. This summer we will offer five offerings of the training.

Recently, Health and Wellness Initiatives hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Kelly Posner and the Columbia Protocol for suicide prevention. The Columbia Protocol is a simple, efficient and evidence-supported suicide prevention tool that has been adopted or recommended by the CDC, NIH, SAMHSA, DOD, and World Health Organization.