Boost Self-Esteem Month is observed each February as a way to help individuals focus more on themselves, which in turn should help improve their behavioral health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), low self-esteem isn’t categorized as a mental illness, but there are clear links between the way an individual feels about themselves and their overall mental and emotional well-being.
SupportLinc, provider of behavioral health services for the West Lafayette campus, offers a flash course titled “Improving Self-Esteem,” which provides information that can be used right away to increase self-esteem and improve the way an individual thinks about themselves. Additionally, SupportLinc has self-confidence writing prompts to help individuals on their journey toward boosting self-esteem.
The Healthy Boiler Portal also offers a course titled “Strengthening Self-Esteem,” which can be found under the University link in the behavioral health section of courses.
Many other articles and resources are available to help build self-esteem, including Indeed’s 15 Ways to Boost Self-Esteem Quickly and Why It’s Important and Self-esteem isn’t everything, but these 5 tips can give you a boost by Better Up.
Purdue health coaches are available to assist employees at the West Lafayette, Northwest (Hammond and Westville) and Fort Wayne campuses via phone or in person. Call 765-494-0111 to schedule with Cheryl Laszynski (West Lafayette), Whitney Soto (West Lafayette) or Felicia Warfield (PNW) and 260-481-6651 to schedule with Lindsay Bloom (PFW). Purdue health coaches can meet with any benefits-eligible employee regardless of campus location and help them set goals, make plans and work toward improved self-esteem and overall wellness.
ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
To assist faculty and staff
Faculty and staff can review the Mental Health Resources web page for a variety of available resources, which also support the behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler Program, and information on Purdue’s health plan coverage for mental health and substance abuse.
To assist students
Faculty and staff who work with students or have a student at home can direct them to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) — medical plan provider for students and graduate students — offers 292 unique mental health providers serving at various locations that are in-network with UHCSR within Tippecanoe County. The list is available here. Additionally, students have access to HealthiestYou, which provides virtual access to mental health care as part of UHCSR’s plan. All services are free for students covered under the UHCSR insurance plan.
Office of the Dean of Students
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)