By: Moriah Mason
Within a student’s life, there are different areas of wellness that contribute to their overall health. Now more than ever, it is important to have access to resources that benefit these areas of wellness.
According to University Counselor and Wellness Coordinator Lyndsey Clark, several on-campus groups have joined together in an effort to give students access to these resources. The departments of Student Development and Support, Counseling and Wellness, Student Government Association, Greek Life, Student Leadership and Involvement and the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives all contributed financially to bringing the Campus Well platform to Samford’s campus.
According to the website, Campus Well is an online magazine that consists of articles and videos related to the eight areas of wellness including occupational, spiritual, physical, financial, social, mental/emotional, intellectual and environmental.
Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Support April Robinson provided more information about the motivation behind wanting to offer this particular platform to the university community.
“Adding the Campus Well platform was just one more way of hopefully putting good information in the hands of students wherever they are,” Robinson said. “Whether they were looking for information on nutrition, time management, or exercise, hopefully, it might offer some encouragement and direction.”
In addition to having articles on a wide range of topics, there are also sections for different departments — such as Academic Success, Athletics, Career Development, Counseling and Wellness, Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, Student Life, and Health Services — to add articles on their page.
“These departments all have administrative access so they can go in and pull and highlight particular articles for their page,” Robinson said.
Robinson also said that when visitors visit the website and click on an article, it will automatically provide information on a Samford faculty member who will help with the article’s topic.
While the department of Student Development and Support helped to bring this platform to Samford, the Counseling and Wellness Department also played a significant role in providing this platform to students.
Clark provided her department’s reasoning behind the Campus Well platform.
“Our department found that utilization of the Therapy Assistance Online website (TAO) was pretty low,” Robinson said. “So, we’ve just been on the lookout for other resources that may be more appealing to students that help promote positive mental health and healthy habits.”
The Campus Well platform for Samford is fairly new, so while there are some articles on the platform, more will be added in the near future .
“The new articles are published every Wednesday,” Clark said. “So, in a month, there are four series of articles that are published.”
Students wishing to subscribe to Samford’s platform of Campus Well should visit their website. On the right side of the page, there is a “Subscribe for Updates” section where students can input their information.
Students who would like to publish an article, poster, or even just draw attention to a particular event can contact Lyndsay Clark at her email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.