Elon’s Commitment to Wellness and Wellbeing
As part of its ongoing efforts to support mental health and wellness, Elon University has formed a new university-wide Council on Wellness and Well-Being that merges the existing efforts of two university groups, The Wellness and Wellbeing Task Force and the JED Campus Work Group.
Elon’s Wellness Mission and Model
As proposed by the Wellness and Wellbeing Task Force in 2018 and adopted by the Executive Committee of the Council on Wellness and Wellbeing in 2019, the following is the guiding mission and model for Elon University Wellness:
Elon University is committed to fostering an institutional culture of holistic wellness where every individual has an opportunity to transform their mind, body, and spirit. By providing access to resources, educational tools, and support, we will empower each member of our community to cultivate personal wellness values that will last throughout and beyond their time at Elon.
Dimensions of Wellbeing: Holistic wellness is defined as a process of striving for one’s full potential across six dimensions of well-being, based on the Gallup Well-Being Index with emotional well-being added as a sixth dimension:
Community well-being is the sense of engagement and connection one has with where they live and a feeling of both safety and pride in one’s community. Striving for well-being in this dimension involves connecting with groups (formal and informal), as well as the Elon community as a whole. Strong community well-being means one takes ownership of their own wellness and contributes to the wellness of others.
Emotional well-being involves resilience, grit, and the mental capacity to both thrive and contribute to one’s own personal growth. Striving for well-being in this dimension involves identifying personal emotions, understanding their value, and regulating them constructively. Strong emotional well-being means one feels safe, supported, and mentally well.
Financial well-being is how one’s personal resources impacts other aspects of their life. Striving for wellbeing in this dimension includes understanding the opportunities, limitations, and responsibilities one’s finances affords them and planning for their financial future. Strong financial well-being means one has a full understanding of their financial situation and can adequately prepare for changes.
Physical well-being includes health, physical ability, exercise, sleep, and nutrition. Striving for well-being in this dimension includes eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, and access to resources that contribute to physical health (e.g., doctors, nutritionists, fitness activities, etc.). Strong physical well-being means one has the energy necessary to live a full and engaging life.
Purpose well-being includes fulfillment, spiritual meaning, personal identity, and vocation. Striving for wellbeing in this dimension includes exploring how one interacts with the world around them and developing a passion for how they will contribute to their community and the world. Strong purpose well-being means one has developed a personal mission and vision, and makes choices every day to actively pursue their purpose.
Social well-being involves authentic interpersonal relationships. Striving for well-being in this dimension includes connecting with individuals in a way that is deep and meaningful. Strong social well-being means one has strong, supportive, interdependent relationships where each person genuinely cares for the other and values what they contribute.
Are you ready to Act-Belong-Commit to better mental and physical health?
Elon University uses the Act-Belong-Commit (ABC) framework to further our commitment to positive physical and mental health. The ABC model urges people to be active, search for a sense of belonging and commit to a cause in order to promote happiness and good mental health. Under the ABC framework, “Act” encourages people to find ways to be physically, socially, mentally and spiritually active in as many ways as possible. “Belong” reminds you to connect with friends, family and your community. “Commit” urges people to become devoted to a cause, whether that means volunteering or learning a new skill.
For more information about the ABC Framework and how you can apply it to your own physical and mental well-being, visit the Wellness Initiative website.
An important part of implementing the ABC framework is being proactive bout your wellbeing as well accessing campus and other resources when you or a friend are struggling or may need help. Below are some additional campus resources:
Student Care and Outreach
The Student Care and Outreach team ensures follow-up with resources and support students may need to achieve the highest level of success at Elon.
Student Health Services
Located in the RN Ellington Center for Health and Wellness at 301 South O’Kelly Avenue, Student Health Services offers medical services to the students of Elon University.
Counseling Services provides psychological support and clinical collaboration for Elon University students in the context of short-term, solution-focused therapeutic modalities.
Campus Recreation & Wellness
Campus Recreation & Wellness contributes to the holistic well-being of students, faculty, and staff by providing access to recreational and educational experiences fostering a sense of community and belonging, and empowering individuals to cultivate positive wellness values and behaviors that last throughout and beyond their time at Elon.
Wellness & Health Education
The Elon University Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education also offers a minor in Wellness & Health Education! As a dimension of their wellness promotion efforts, the School of Education also provides information and resources on their website.
Office of Inclusive Excellence Education & Development (Bias and Violence Response)
Elon recognizes the serious and negative impact that acts of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence, have on individuals and the University community. Elon does not tolerate acts of interpersonal violence, which includes gender-based violence, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. To this end, the University has developed a comprehensive intervention, response and support strategy to address acts of interpersonal violence.
Koenigsberger Learning Center
Academic Support within the Koenigsberger Learning Center includes academic advising, disabilities resources, and learning assistance. The Koenigsberger Learning Center adjoins Carol Grotnes Belk Library to further strengthen a learning commons for student support.
Disabilities Resources supports a diverse population of students with disabilities providing them with appropriate and equal access to the University’s curricula, buildings, programs, and other services.