How does your organization address mental health? This NASPA article provides great insight into how campuses are addressing depression.
"According to the U.S. Surgeon General, mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature mortality in the United States. Most colleges and universities make significant investments in counseling and health services, but how do we know these services have the desired impact? Can we be certain that students identified with depression are not slipping through cracks in the system? Once engaged in treatment, how do we know students are improving and becoming more involved in campus life, enjoying greater academic success, and staying in school? How can we measure the results of these investments, communicate the success of our programs, engage leadership, and secure our budgets in the tough economic climate?"
NASPA Consortium Reports Data on Key Student Service Areas.
"Students who take more active roles in campus activities indicate enhanced academic skills and behaviors. Involved students have higher self-reported grade point averages and report studying more hours per week than their non-involved counterparts. Additional key findings include the following:
- Attending events, actively participating and being a leader are all positively associated with self-reported GPA as well as numbers of hours spent studying.
- Involvement in some type of recreational activity or sport (varsity, club, or intramural) is associated with self-reported improvement in grades.
- A positive relationship exists between self-reported GPA and involvement in honor societies and performing arts activities.
- Lack of involvement in any activities is associated with negative results related to academic skills and behaviors.
- Lack of involvement in any activities is also negatively associated with self-reported GPA and number of hours spend studying."
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, through its philanthropy Push America, is in the running for a $1M philanthropic grant from Chase Bank’s Community Giving Program.
Push America has been voted as one of one hundred small to medium nonprofit organizations across the country to receive a $25,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Through a voting process on the popular social networking site, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase & Co. will be donating $5 million through the Chase Community Giving Campaign.
Round one narrowed the eligible organizations from over 500,000 to just one hundred. Those winning charities, including Push America will receive a $25,000 grant. Round two began on January 15th and concludes on January 22nd and the top five organizations will now receive a $100,000 grant while the overall leader will receive a $1 million grant to improve the communities that they benefit!
We respectfully ask your interfraternal support and request you forward this information to your members through your social media avenues such as facebook, twitter, linked in or e-mail. They can vote to support our efforts by clicking on this link - http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/227903.