University Life Café was created to engage college students to promote emotional wellness that can lead to academic success.
This includes identifying symptoms that lead to the prevention of suicide; the identification of chronic stress, depression anxiety and substance abuse, and the encouragement of constructive help-seeking behaviors—to enhance positive experiences and success while in college. This interactive website is one part of a comprehensive, campus-wide support plan that includes programming and training for students, faculty and staff, and the services of the Counseling Services at Kansas State University.
The site itself strives to engage at a deeper level with student-generated and user-generated contents mixed with the informative pages related to emotional wellness. This approach focuses on mental health and avoids pathologizing mental illness. This friendlier approach aims to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to promote help-seeking behaviors. The contents will be delivered as text, audio, and video, with podcasting functionalities integrated. An interactive blog will be available for user discussions for those who are students, faculty or staff of K-State.
The campus-wide programming and training efforts involve major student-oriented offices and organizations in reaching out to students and faculty/staff, while respecting the race, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, and belief system of every member of our campus community. K-State attracts students from around the world, and it is hoped that this site would be an informational resource and virtual community for all. The grant originating this site was provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This site was co-created with an advisory group consisting of university students, faculty and staff. This site went live in early 2009.
The team supporting University Life Café would welcome emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be sent to Wendy Barnes, Ph.D. at 785-532-6927, Counseling Services.
IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing a dire emergency, do not post a blog. Please come directly to Counseling Services at 232 English/Counseling Services Building between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday and Thursday, or between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If you cannot make it in please phone our office during business hours at 785-532-6927 and speak directly with a counselor. If you are in an immediate emergency and Counseling Services is closed, you should contact Mercy Health Center at 785-776-3322, or Pawnee Mental Health Services at 785-587-4300.