Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2019/05
May 29, 2019
In this issue:
- LGBT Pride Month: Supporting Transgender People on Campus: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village and recognize the impact that LGBT individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. While June is outside of the typical academic calendar for the majority of college and university students, many activities and events are held on or near campuses. The month of observation also serves as an opportunity for colleges and universities to review their efforts to support the variety of people living, working, and studying in their communities.
- Student Anxiety Continues to Rise, Part 1: The Data: Anxiety disorder among college students continues to rise, according to preliminary findings from researchers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans at the Goldman School of Public Policy. The two-page release, Anxiety Disorder on College Campuses: The New Epidemic, found that nationally the percent of students who reported being diagnosed or treated for anxiety disorder in the last 12 months doubled between 2008 and 2016 from 10 to 20 percent. This confirms annual findings from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors that anxiety continues to be the most frequent concern amongst college students.
May 22, 2019
In this issue:
- The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium Focuses on Campus Safety: The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a professional alliance sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency National Preparedness Directorate, released its 2018 annual report. Since 1998, NDPC has provided no-cost training to nearly 3 million emergency responders across state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions. This year's report primarily focuses on school and campus safety and natural disasters.
- June is National Safety Month: Preventable injury-related deaths have increased since 2012 and are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer for all age groups, and the leading cause of death for those aged 1 to 44. The National Safety Council is focused on saving lives and preventing injuries, including raising public awareness about the opioid epidemic, helping to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and improving safety practices in the workplace. National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.
May 15, 2019
In this issue:
- Department of Justice Releases Reports on Improving Officer Safety and Wellness: On April 17, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the publication of two complementary reports that focus on improving the safety and wellness of the nation's 800,000 law enforcement officers. The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, are the result of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which was passed in 2017 and requires the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to submit reports to Congress.
- National Military Appreciation Month: There are numerous services available to military members, both active and reserve, and taking time to highlight these tools to enable campuses to provide support to this population is an important part of National Military Appreciation Month. The following resources can be added to the growing list of valuable information on this topic that we have highlighted in the previous Weekly Snapshot articles: "Supporting Student Veterans on Campus" and "Recognizing and Supporting Military Members and Veterans on Campus."
May 8, 2019
In this issue:
- Inspire Action and Change Lives During National Prevention Week: Colleges and universities, behavioral health coalitions, community-based organizations, and others with a role in prevention are gearing up for this year's National Prevention Week (NPW). NPW takes place May 12-18, 2019 and is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-sponsored campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by promoting prevention year-round. NPW is timed to allow schools to plan or take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness among students of all ages.
- Annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018 Report Released: On April 17, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics released the annual report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018. This report provides data on crime and safety at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and campus safety and security. The indicators cover topics such as violent deaths; victimization; school environment; fear and avoidance; and postsecondary campus safety and security.
May 1, 2019
In this issue:
- Recognizing and Supporting Military Members and Veterans on Campus: In 1999, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. Most colleges and universities have active service military or veterans on their campus as faculty, staff, or students. It is important during this busy academic time of year to take time to pause and appreciate service members and evaluate the support and resources being provided to this population.
- National Police Week 2019: This year marks the 57th annual observance of National Police Week, which begins on Sunday, May 12 and runs through Saturday, May 18. National Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It is a collaborative effort by many organizations working together to honor those in the U.S. law enforcement community.