Boosting Self-Esteem Month is held every February to help individuals pay more attention to themselves, which in turn helps improve their behavioral health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), low self-esteem is not considered a mental illness, but there is a clear link between how individuals feel about themselves and their overall mental and emotional health.
SupportLinc, a provider of behavioral health services at the West Lafayette campus, offers a crash course called “Increasing Self-Esteem,” which provides information that can be immediately used to increase self-esteem and improve an individual’s perception of themselves. Additionally, SupportLinc provides self-confidence writing prompts to help individuals improve their self-esteem.
The Health Boiler Portal also offers a course called “Strengthening Self-Esteem,” which can be found under the university link in the Behavioral Health section of the course.
There are many other articles and resources to help build self-esteem, including Indeed’s 15 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem Fast and Why It Matters, Self-Esteem Isn’t Everything, but These 5 Tips Can Boost Your Self-Esteem with Better Up.
Purdue Health Coaches are available to assist employees at the West Lafayette, Northwestern (Hammond and Westville) and Fort Wayne campuses by phone or in person. Call 765-494-0111 to arrange for Cheryl Laszynski (West Lafayette), Whitney Soto (West Lafayette) or Felicia Warfield (PNW) or 260-481-6651 for Lindsay Bloom (PFW). Purdue Health Coaches can meet with any benefit-eligible employee, no matter where they are located, and help them set goals, develop plans and work towards improving self-esteem and overall health.
Additional Mental Health Resources
Assist Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff can review the Mental Health Resources webpage for a variety of available resources that also support the Behavioral Health pillar of the Health Boiler Program, as well as information on Purdue’s health program coverage for mental health and substance abuse.
Faculty and staff who work with students or have students at home can direct them to the following resources for behavioral health help. notes: United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) — a health plan provider for students and graduate students — offers 292 unique mental health providers who provide services at various locations within Tippecanoe County that are networked with UHCSR. The list is available here. Additionally, students can access HealthiestYou, which provides virtual mental health care services as part of the UHCSR program. All services are free for students covered by the UHCSR insurance plan.
Office of the Dean of Students
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)