Lakeland Community College recently received a Rise and Thrive grant awarded by the State of Ohio through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. With the funds, Dr. Ken Browner, psychologist in Lakeland’s Counseling and Advising Center, worked with Lakeland’s Mental Health Task Force to create an expansive program called Wellness at Lakeland.
Throughout the process of designing the program, Lakeland worked closely with its community partner for the project, the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board. The program is designed to promote and enhance physical, emotional, financial, relationship and mental wellness for Lakeland’s students.
“Throughout the pandemic, I think we have learned that mental health is not just a concern for certain people who have serious depression, anxiety or other diagnoses, said Dr. Browner.” “Rather, we all need to devote attention to our wellness and self-care. Lakeland offers a range of resources that contribute to student wellness, whether through the Athletic Fitness Center, Lakeland Cares Cupboard, HIVE makerspace, academic offerings, counseling, or our many other student support offices. This grant gave us the opportunity to build on our strengths while adding capacity and building awareness of Wellness at Lakeland.”
WHAT THE PROGRAM INCLUDES
Wellness for Employees
Lakeland’s Wellness Committee and Human Resources Department offer programming and resources for employee wellness, including annual Wellness Days; the Lakeland Health Clinic operated by University Hospitals; and 24/7 access to the IMPACT employee assistance program via telephone, mobile app with chat functionality; and Lakeland’s web portal. The Rise and Thrive initiative has sparked ongoing discussion about ways to build on and mirror the newer student-focused projects with additional resources and opportunities for employee wellness, including a dedicated employee health and wellness channel on Lakeland’s myLakeland portal.
While the grant provides temporary funding for the wellness initiative, Dr. Browner and the Mental Health Task Force plan to incorporate wellness and self-care into future offerings, with the understanding that healthy life skills can influence the success of students both in the academic realm and beyond their time at Lakeland.