WellTrack app gives WMU community tools to focus on mental health

Contact: Erin Flynn
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WellTrack is a new self-help application available to WMU students, faculty and staff featuring a number of tools and resources aimed at managing mental health.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.鈥擜 global pandemic, a heated election year, social justice issues鈥攖here鈥檚 a lot weighing on everyone鈥檚 minds right now.

鈥淚 would imagine that just about everyone has experienced an increase in stress during this pandemic. The fear and anxiety that comes along with it can be overwhelming,鈥 says Dr. Brian Fuller, director of Counseling Services at 六合彩开奖数据 Michigan University.

A new self-help application available to WMU students, faculty and staff offers a number of tools and resources aimed at managing mental health. In support of the University鈥檚 wellness mission, WellTrack allows users to track their mood over time, identify stressors, intentionally schedule self-care activities and learn about strategies to manage feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

鈥淲MU is committed to promoting the mental health and well-being of all WMU students and creating a healthy community,鈥 Fuller says.

A completed by the Healthy Minds Network and American College Health Association found the prevalence of depression has increased from fall 2019 to spring 2020. A higher proportion of students also reported their mental health negatively impacted their academic performance from March through May 2020, when COVID-19 prompted unprecedented shutdowns. Symptoms of mental health conditions were already high among the college student population before the pandemic, and they鈥檙e only increasing in this 鈥渘ew normal.鈥 That鈥檚 why Breanna Traynor, assistant director of mental health outreach, is on a mission to connect as many students as possible to WellTrack.

鈥淚f we aren鈥檛 taking care of ourselves, if we鈥檙e not taking care of our mental health, then how are we going to be able to thrive and do the things that we want to be able to do?鈥 she says, adding that intentional mental health monitoring isn鈥檛 only important for those people who feel the need to seek professional counseling. It鈥檚 important to be proactive, rather than reactive, in recognizing issues. 鈥淚 think we鈥檙e realizing more and more that we have to do prevention work, and we hope that through this app students can start thinking that way as well.鈥

鈥淣ot everyone is open to participating in therapy, and not everyone needs to meet with a therapist in order to learn life skills to improve well-being,鈥 Fuller adds. 鈥淭his evidence-based self-help online tool can be used from anywhere, any time, as often as needed.鈥

WellTrack is secure and confidential. Users have the ability to connect it to Counseling Services if they are receiving treatment and want their counselor to be able to monitor their progress and suggest useful tools within the program, but it鈥檚 not a required feature. The application also offers free mindfulness and meditation recordings.

鈥淭his app is brand new, but I hope that it鈥檒l be a quick and easy way for students to learn more tools for how to check in with themselves as they鈥檙e feeling really stressed or overwhelmed,鈥 Traynor says. 鈥淲e care about students鈥 wellness and their ability to succeed in school. Those things have to go hand in hand.鈥

WellTrack is one of several initiatives at 六合彩开奖数据 focused on well-being and educating the whole student. A number of other mental health and wellness resources are also available on the Counseling Services website, including information about how to receive immediate assistance.

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