This proposed project is meant to give an insight into the mental health issues plaguing students at the college level. We have done our research and found out that both anxiety and depression are on the rise in students at this level. It has slowly risen through the years with more students still not knowing how to manage their mental health. Our proposed solution is to offer a mental health day for the students to be informed on the issue and how to help them selves while helping others through this issue. Our proposed solution is a mental health day led by the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) of the University of Denver. It will provide relaxation techniques, music therapy, therapy dogs, food, and testing for students to determine the mental health issue they are dealing with and how best to combat it. Our project is also meant to inform the students of their rights when they go to apply for jobs. We are funded by the Health and Counseling Center and are seeking donations to help grow this project to better suit the other campuses. We have already obtained permission from Vice Chancellor Nancy Nicely and the heads of the Health and Counseling Center. We are working with a $4,000 budget for this event. As such we have begun to look for donations for the event from alumni and surrounding facilities around the DU campus.
We have found information through the Health and Counseling Center that indicates our students are dealing with more anxiety and depression than before. We researched the suicide rate throughout the nation and found that there has been a rise in this as well. With this information in mind we have found our project to be much needed. Because it will offer the students a chance to find healthy ways of dealing with their anxiety and depression with out having to resort to suicide. We intend to measure these results again after our projects solution has been implemented. Through this if we notice a decline in the data gathered before the event then we know the projects solution was a success. If there is a rise in it, then we know there was a flaw within our system and will find a way for us to revise the solution while continuing to help others.
The data we have gathered only shows the overall anxiety and depression in the Lamont School of music and the Daniels College of Business. Though this is just a small sample it still covers a large portion of the University of Denver. We are using the University of Denver as a base line testing center for this project’s solution because of its relative size and location. If the solution is a success, we then desire to move it onto the University of Colorado Boulder, Metro, and Colorado State. Because we would like to start and see if we can grow this project in a state at first before moving to other states and eventually the entire nation.
Our financials have shown that with a $4,000 budget we can make this project work. This amount of funding would allow us to meet the building rental requirements for the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, the Anderson Academic Commons and the Sturm College of Law auditorium. While still having money left over for food and therapy dog rentals.
Our key stakeholders are the professors across Denver University, the Vice Chancellor Nancy Nicely, Corey Nyman the head of the Nyman restaurant management group, Kim Liao head of the student outreach programs at the Health and Counseling Center, and Michael J. LaFarr the head of the Counseling Department of Denver University. These key stakeholders encompass everyone we have reached out to and have aided us through this project. They represent the people we are trying to have understand the overall impact of mental health on students both currently in school and those looking for professional careers after school.
Overall our solution has the support and funding necessary for it to be successful. We intend to measure the success of our project by student turnout and the impact we can have on lowering the depression and anxiety levels across the University of Denver. In our finding we have found that sleep problems are a key factor in the rise of depression and anxiety. This goes back to how the health of our students is key. With an increase in the workload and not time for relaxation, students have found that sacrificing their sleep time for work has impacted them negatively by increasing their depression and anxiety. It was once thought that College is the stage in a person’s life for relaxing and growing up. It is now thought of as one of the most stress filled anxiety inducing times of a person’s life. We are looking to change that saying while still helping students find proper ways to combat their depression and anxiety through healthy and safe ways.