The Mental Health and Wellness Task Force and Mental Health Implementation Team work to bring a culture of wellness to WPI | News
In early March, the task force handed over its work to the Mental Health Implementation Team (MHIT), led by Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, Philip Clay, and Director of Emergency Management, Ron Bashista, to ensure continued progress on the task force recommendations. . MHIT leadership reviewed the task force’s recommendations, in addition to recommendations from the Riverside Trauma Center’s independent review of WPI’s mental health practices, and input from other community groups, including WPI Strong Parents and student leaders representing WPI Advocates. Feedback and recommendations were synthesized to establish priorities for the initial work of the MHIT, focusing on six sections: student life, studies, programs, training, and services (including the Wellness Center). be), Freshman’s Experience, Communications, and Faculty and Staff. Each section includes representatives of the student body in addition to faculty and staff. MHIT’s organizational structure has focused on tactical sub-teams comprised of students, faculty and includes liaisons between the overall team and parents and also aligns with WPI’s strategic initiatives.
“Building on the comprehensive and incredible work of the task force, MHIT has worked hard to begin realizing the vision of improving mental health on campus. Student welfare and improving the student experience remain at the heart of our work, but we are also focused on the well-being of all members of our community. While the MHIT will spearhead the execution of the MHWBTF recommendations, we all have a role to play in addressing mental health issues. We hope that every member of our community will seize the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others and improve well-being on campus. By working together, we can make a difference,” said Philip Clay, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and Co-Chair of MHIT.
The MHWBTF and MHIT have spent hundreds of hours developing and executing a mental health and wellness improvement plan. Their accomplishments and accomplishments, largely complemented by the collaboration of many students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others from across the community, are featured here.