Resource of the Week:
- FOMO is a real challenge for our students and social media is impacting the mental health of our students.
- "Compare and despair"
- Statistics help us shed light on the realities behind social media.
- We lead the way with our social media pages.
- We can create systems to be vulnerable and authentic with our students.
- Group texts, private messages, etc.
- “Overwhelmed" is generally a overarching term that describes a mix of emotions.
- Digging deeper to discover what emotions are at play can be very helpful in helping them navigate challenges.
- Consider inviting a counselor as a “three stranded” approach. Pastoral, peer, and professional support.
- Get to know the folks in your counseling center.
- Assessment is different than treatment. Treatment likely requires a complementary theological perspective, but professionals can
- Create your own ministry policy regarding harm and abuse before it happens.
- Harm and abuse are mandatory reporting situations in most contexts where we are considered liable.
- In times of grief, we need to walk with them, not try to fix them.
- Be willing to "weep with those who weep” and tackle the theological questions in due time.
- Ask a student “what have you already tried?” before you tell them what to do.
- Never underestimate the power of your role in your students’ lives.