Curry Health Center

Curry Health Center

Well-Being in the Classroom

Supporting Students Well-Being is most effective when using a comprehensive approach. The resources on this page are designed to help support student's well-being in the classroom. We are also happy to do in the classroom presentations please check out our Request a Wellness program page to learn more

Student Wellness Advocates

Student Wellness Advocates are a network of UM faculty and staff who have been recognized by students as being supportive of student success and well-being.  Research indicates that the experiences students have in the learning environment significantly impact success, retention, and overall well-being.  The Student Wellness Advocate program is designed to identify and celebrate UM employees who respond to the needs of students in a way that helps them thrive both personally and academically.  Students Wellness Advocates are nominated by students, presented with a certificate of recognition and provided with a “Student Wellness Advocate” sign they can display.  

Nominate someone to be a Student Wellness Advocate by filling out a nomination form.

If you would like to know more about the Student Wellness Advocate program, please contact the Curry Health Center Wellness Department at 406-243-2809.

Current Student Wellness Advocates

Advocate

Department

Keith Jakob

Accounting & Finance

Tobin Miller Shearer

African-American Studies

Ardeshir Kia

Anthropology

G.G. Weix

Anthropology

Kevin Bell

Art

Trey Hill

Art

Valerie Hedquist

Art

Creagh Breuner

Biological Sciences

Morgan Slemberger

Blackstone LaunchPad

Ruth Williams

Business Services

Charlie Wellenstein

Center for Children, Families & Workforce Development

Alex Metcalf

College of Forestry & Conservation

Christiane Von Reichert

College of Forestry & Conservation

Edwin Burke

College of Forestry & Conservation

Elizabeth Dodson

College of Forestry & Conservation

Elizabeth Metcalf

College of Forestry & Conservation

Megan Schultz

College of Forestry & Conservation

Joanna Campbell

College of Forestry & Conservation/Wilderness Institute

Christina Yoshimura

Communication Studies

Steven Schwarze

Communication Studies

Michael Cassens

Computer Science

Jeff Adams

Curry Health Center

Kayli Julius

Curry Health Center

Linda Green

Curry Health Center

John Lund

Davidson Honors College

Erin Saldin

Davison Honors College

Nicky Phear

Davison Honors College

Amy Capolupo

Disability Services

Bernadine Gantert

Disability Services

Douglas Dalenberg

Economics

Stacia Graham

Economics

Amy Ratto Parks

English

Erin Wecker

English

Kathleen Kane

English

Quan Manh Ha

English

Traolach O'Riordain

English

Dan Spencer

Environmental Studies

Rachel Dierken

Global Engagement Office

Charles Palmer

Health and Human Performance

Holly Carnes

Health and Human Performance

Valerie Moody

Health and Human Performance

Michelle Johnsen

Humanities & Sciences

Lorrie Deyott

Information Technology

Kathleen Whetzel

Journalism

Kevin Tompkins

Journalism

Lee Banville

Journalism

Nadia White

Journalism

Anthony Johnstone

Law

Cathay Y. N. Smith

Law

Cynthia Ford

Law

Elaine Gagliardi

Law

Hillary Wandler

Law

Maria Mangold

Law

Michelle Bryan

Law

Pippa Browde

Law

Sally Weaver

Law

Samuel Panarella

Law

Sara Rinfret

Law

Stacey Gordon Sterling

Law

Gerald Evans

Management Information Systems

Jerry Furniss

Management Information Systems

Michael Harrington

Management Information Systems

Cory Palmer

Mathematical Sciences

Lauren Fern 

Mathematical Sciences

Alison Pepper

Missoula College

Colin Henderson

Missoula College

Greg Peters

Missoula College

Jessica Kumm

Missoula College

Lisa Swallow

Missoula College

James Randall

Music

Jeffery Brandt

Music

Jennifer Cavanaugh

Music

Luis Millan

Music

Margaret Baldridge

Music

Zachary Cooper

Music

Wade Davies

Native American Studies

Paula Short

Office of President

Soazig Le Bihan

Philosophy/Pre-Law

Mark Reiser

Physics & Astronomy

Nate McCrady

Physics and Astronomy

Bryan Cochran

Psychology

Kinsie Dunham

Psychology

Laura Kirsch

Psychology

Annie Sondag

Public Health & Community Health Sciences

Cindy Leary

Public Health & Community Health Sciences

Laura Dybdal

Public Health & Community Health Sciences

Drew Colling

SARC

Janet Finn

Social Work

Kate Pruitt Chapin

Social Work

Katharina Werner

Social Work

Laurie Walker

Social Work

Mary Ann Bowman

Social Work

Daisy Rooks

Sociology

Al Yonovitz

Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

Catherine Off

Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

Ginger Collins

Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

Jenna Griffin

Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

Jennifer Shoffer Closson

Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

Meghann Schroeder

Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences

Hailey Michelson

Student Involvement Network

Eva Rocke

Sustainability/ VP admin

Bonnie Spence

Teaching and Learning

Morgen Alwell

Teaching and Learning

Scott Hohnstein

Teaching and Learning

Bernadette Sweeney

Theater & Dance

Nicole Bradley Browning

Theater & Dance

Heather Hibbard

TRIO SSS

Peter Donaldson

TRIO SSS

Dale Robertson

UC Administration

Karen Schlatter

UC Administration

Kelly Chadwick

UC Administration

Kayla Jackson

UM Housing

Nathan Domitrovich

Undergraduate Advising Center

Breanna Roy McCabe

University Relations/Journalism

Elizabeth Hubble

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Caroline Lonski

World Languages and Cultures

Liz Ametsbichler

World Languages and Cultures

Mladen Kozul

World Languages and Cultures

Zhen Cao

World Languages and Cultures

Mindful Minutes

Mindful Minutes are brief 5-10-minute skill-based sessions focusing on ways to reduce stress, increase resilience, and improve mental well-being in the classroom. Each session will include an introduction to the evidence-based skill, practice, and strategies for integrating the skill into students’ lives. All sessions are “opt in” and facilitated via faculty member or Wellness team member.

Purpose:
To continue to create a culture at UM that supports the health and mental well-being of students.

Objectives:
1. Increase awareness and mastery of coping skills that will improve overall health and well-being.
2. Reduce barriers that might prevent students from accessing mental health and wellness resources.
3. Normalize that every student experiences stress and increase help-seeking behavior.

Current Offerings:
• Progressive Muscle Relaxation
• Manage Anxiety
• Gratitude
• Breathing
• Time Management

You will be provided access to facilitation guide and power point slides for each session upon sign up. To sign up for the program please contact Kayli Julius at  kayli.julius@mso.umt.edu  or 406.243.6719

Kognito Training

Mental Health Training: Kognito : A Virtual, Interactive On-line Mental Health Training Kognito is a 45-minute, web-based training simulation module to train students, faculty, and staff in recognizing signs of mental health issues, distress, and suicide, as well as how to communicate with and refer at-risk students. The module can be accessed from home or office and completed at their convenience.

FAQ:

1. What is Kognito? The Kognito simulation is designed to enhance the mental health literacy of all individuals who work with people who maybe distressed. The interactive simulation provides practice conversations through role-plays with virtual students and may be completed at the user’s desired pace. The simulation teaches users how to recognize the signs of emotional distress, initiate a conversation leveraging evidence-based communication strategies and how to make a referral to support services

2. Why is The University of Montana using Kognito for this training? The training, which is already in use at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, was created with mental health experts and educators. It is listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices. The Montana University System purchased the rights to use Kognito for 3 years with Cares Act money for all colleges in the MUS to help schools address the increasing mental health needs of the University.

3. What is the time commitment - pre, training & post? The training requires a one- hour time commitment. Comprised of approximately 45 minutes for the self-paced simulation and an additional 5 to 8 minutes for some post-training follow up surveys

4. Who can take the Kognito training? All students, faculty, and staff at UM. Please note that there is a different training for student’s vs faculty staff.

5. Why now? The JED Foundation and Active Minds both indicate that 60% of college students report that their mental health has worsened during the pandemic.i The Center for Collegiate Mental Health reports that 85% of students nationally have experienced significant mental health impacts in at least one area of their lives including academics, loneliness and isolation, career development, basic needs insecurity, relationships, and finances.ii According to UM’s Spring 2021 National College Health Assessment, 47% of UM students reported moderate to serious levels of psychological distress – an 8% increase since before the COVID pandemic. Additionally, on a national level, only 40% of students with mental health concerns actually seek help.

6. Is the training mandatory? This training is not mandatory and no consequences or holds will be placed on student’s accounts.

7. How should I prep my students and or staff for this training? This training maybe triggering to folks who have experience personal mental health challenges. You can prep your students and staff for this training by giving them a warning ahead of time that the content of the simulation talks about mental health challenges. Remind people that they can choose to not take the training and that if they do decide to take the training, they can stop at any time. Furthermore, mental health support resources are provided to participants at the end of the training. We also encourage you to communicate that this training is not mandatory and if they are concerned about it being triggering for them they can opt out.

8. If we complete the training, is there a way staff can indicate they have done so? Yes, we will provide a Kognito graphic for email signatures to all campus professionals who complete the training.

9. How does one complete the Kognito simulation exercise?
1. Go to the Kognito Website
2. Create an account: using your university email

For Faculty/Staff:
1. Use enrollment key:umontanaemployee
2. Launch by clicking on: at-risk for Faculty and Staff

For Students:
1. Use enrollment key:umontanastudents
2. Launch At-Risk Mental Health For Students

10. Who should I contact with questions or technical support?

Kognito Customer & Technical Support Team
• Assists with simulation issues
• Responds within 1 business day
• Contact: support@kognito.com or 212.675.9234

 

For any other question please contact the Wellness Director, Kayli Julius
 kayli.julius@mso.umt.edu  406-243-6719

i JED Foundation
ii Center for Collegiate Mental Health https://ccmh.psu.edu/blog