'Green Folder' initiative promotes mental health, resources
A new resource to help faculty and staff identify and respond to students in distress is being distributed across campus this week.
An initiative of the university’s Mental Health Working Group, which is comprised of students, staff and faculty, the ‘Green Folder’ is a bright green, four-sided file folder that includes information about the types of situations that may require attention and contact information for the many resources available to students on and off campus. There is also a one page insert for easy reference.
“The concept of a mental health-related file folder came from McMaster University, and our Mental Health Working Group embraced the idea and did a tremendous amount of work to make the Queen’s version specific to our campus and our students,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs and chair of the working group. “It was very much a collaborative effort that we hope will make it easier for faculty and staff to talk to students who may be in distress and refer them to the multitude of support services that are ready to help them.”
Faculty and staff members can use the folder to store additional documents related to mental health and wellness, so that if a student is in distress and needs advice, response how-to’s and referral information is readily available.
“I believe our ‘Green Folder’ will prove an invaluable resource to our faculty and staff, many of whom are the first point of contact for our students,” says Principal Daniel Woolf, who includes a letter of introduction in the package being sent directly to all faculty and staff. “I want to thank the members of the Mental Health Working Group not only for their work on this project but for their continued efforts to create and promote mental health resources and services on campus.”
The ‘Green Folder’ will be distributed to campus mailboxes this week. Additional folders will be available through the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the ‘Green Folder’ project visit the Student Affairs website.