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Making a difference in mental health

Research shows that the need for mental health support has never been greater. Every day, Indiana University researchers, faculty and staff are working to make a difference in mental wellness for students, employees and their communities. Whether earning grants that support increased services in Hoosier schools, embarking on unique research partnerships or creating new programs to help students and employees, IU’s work has a direct impact on communities across the state and around the world.

$4.4M grant to IU regional campuses will address community need for school psychologists

The U.S. Department of Education grant will fund Addressing Regional School Psychologist Shortages, whose goal is to develop a workforce of highly prepared and licensed school psychologists who can provide school-based services in districts across the state.

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IU is partnering with TimelyMD to better meet students’ needs

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Free, 24/7 virtual mental health care services offered

All enrolled students on all IU campuses, as well as IU Online students, will have free access to TimelyCare, including on-demand mental health and emotional support, appointment-based mental health counseling, health coaching, and a peer support community.

Irsay Institute, funded by gift from Jim Irsay family, will further university’s research and training

Research institute addresses stigma around mental health

Along with targeting stigma, Irsay Institute researchers are tackling issues of substance use disorder, sexuality and reproduction, the health care system, global health, and the effects of climate on health. 

School of Social Work will use $5.7M grant to help schools increase mental health services access

The school plans to use the five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education — part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which aims to tackle the mental health crisis in schools — to partner with three Indiana school districts.

How to be a mental health ally: Student edition

IU Chief Health Officer Aaron Carroll offers resources and tips to help students become mental health allies and take care of themselves and their peers. “This is one area where we can all work together and take care of each other,” he said.

How to be a mental health ally: Faculty, staff edition

University faculty and staff are in a unique position to make sure students know how and when to access help should they need it. IU Chief Health Officer Aaron Carroll offers a few ways to support student wellness.

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IUPD’s first full-time social worker provides unique support

As a licensed social worker, Conner Sturgeon spent his inaugural year on the job ensuring that IUPD is connected to mental health resources and wellness services while providing a vital service to individuals in crisis.

Digital screening tool may help hospitals identify mental health problems often missed in patients who visit the ER for physical complaints

Mental health, substance use issues prevalent among nonpsychiatric emergency room patients

Indiana University researchers found that about 45% of patients who visit the emergency department for physical injuries also have mental health and substance use problems that are often overlooked.

Website supports employee mental health

IU Human Resources and Healthy IU teamed up to develop and launch a new website to support employee mental well-being, which serves as a virtual hub for those seeking help for a mental health concern, or looking for ways to support a co-worker or family member.

Book expands veterans’ access to arts-based wellness

Creative Arts for Vets started to bring various free arts and arts-based wellness exercises to veterans and service members across Indiana. Now “The CAV Book,” with veteran narratives and art-based wellness directives, is available around the globe.