21st Annual PKP Student Research and Fine Arts Conference: Oral Symposia IV
Implementing the Healthy University Approach to Mental Health at Augusta UniversityIn University systems, there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of student perceptions and utilizations of campus mental health services. This lack of knowledge can be expanded by evaluating the state of campus mental health services, interviewing clinical staff, and by evaluating the needs of students. The objective of this study is to use Healthy University programming to devise health initiatives to benefit the mental health of students at Augusta University. Student needs will be evaluated by surveying their perceptions and utilizations of campus mental health services. Survey data will be collected anonymously through Qualtrics. Clinical staff at Student Counseling and Psychological Services (SCAPS) will be interviewed privately. The evaluation of SCAPS will be completed by reviewing student utilization data which will be collected by SCAPS in yearly reports. Self-reported student mental health and perceptions of SCAPS will be analyzed by using statistical tests and multivariate regression analyses. With the data collected, health initiatives will be theorized to strengthen SCAPS so that the mental health services provided will continue to benefit Augusta University students and serve their needs effectively.
LGBTQ+ College Student's Well-being and Physical ActivityMany college students experience a downswing in mental well-being once beginning college. Studies have shown that the mental well-being of many college students are negatively impacted by alcohol consumption, cigarette use, and lower grades. Along with those factors, poor sleep habits were also linked to poor performance and overall well-being of the student. LGBTQ+ college students experience discriminatory stressors, such as bullying, compounded with the stressors of college life which can lead to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Physical activity has been shown to improve well-being and depression symptoms. It has also been proven to be as effective as psychological and drug therapies. Many LGBTQ+ college students are turned away from sports due to LGBTQ+ cultural norms, as well as bullying from peers. This project employed a case study narrative approach of LGBTQ+ college students. 5 participants, ranging from 18-21 years of age and various sexual orientations, were interviewed about how physical activity has affected their well-being. We predict that LGBTQ+ college students who participate in regular physical activity will express lower levels of anxiety and depression along with greater levels of well-being.
Give Rise"Give rise to magic / now. Tear off the mask, create! / Create now, or die." For my Voice & Movement class in Fall of 2019, I wrote and performed an extended version of this haiku titled "Give Rise." In "Give Rise," I implement Grotowski's five focuses of breath, phonation, resonance, articulation, and thought, as well as my posture and physical placement in the room, in order to portray different characters. Building the performance was a process. In my initial writing, I was inspired by Grotowski's concept of starting from the roots of our being and abandoning all social identities or markers ("masks") when acting. I intended to portray the urgency and spontaneity behind creating art with abandon. Upon further thought, the phrase "create now or die" bothered me. I found myself reflecting on the meaning behind such a demand. Ultimately, "Give Rise" embodies a brief exploration of mental health and its relationship with producing art. My haiku performance became a critique of my own haiku. While I have my own method behind my performance choices, these choices intend to make room for personal interpretation.
Stress-Coping Mechanisms and the Effects of Academic StressAlthough stress and its effects on students are well-researched, stress-coping mechanisms themselves have not been fully explained and advocated for in young adults. Recent studies have shown that millennials display the highest recorded levels of stress, which is directly correlated with declining mental health. Effective stress-coping mechanisms can benefit individuals by offering methods to deal with overwhelming stress. Research offers three stress-reduction methods: Problem-Focused coping, Emotion-Focused coping, and Avoidance-Coping. These combat stress by providing effective strategies to manage and reduce stress levels. This presentation identifies what each method is and how each can be applied to environmental stressors, exploring how effective stress-coping mechanisms can reduce academic stress and further improve individuals' quality of life.