Mental Health

A Year of Wellness & Action is a 2022-2023 academic year initiative at Pacific, inviting employees to focus on one health and wellness theme ever two months.

In November-December 2022, delve into mental health. Find information and resources below for your self-guided journey, and add to the conversation by joining Pacific's Wellness Challenges Google Group. (Go to, choose "all groups," then scroll to find the Wellness Challenge and join. Once you've joined, you'll be able to send and receive messages to the group at

About Mental Health

How to Talk About Mental Health | a two-sheet info page about how the language you use to describe mental health matters

What You Need to Know About Mental Health | mental health conditions are not as uncommon as you might think

These YouTube videos from NAMI | information about different mental health conditions, suicide awareness and self-care

More Reading | a list of books compiled by Lewis & Clark College’s ombudsperson

Activities & Trainings

Suicide Prevention Training | Nov. 15

It can be useful to learn more and to practice speaking up by engaging in a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training at Pacific. QPR is the most widely used manualized gatekeeper training that is designed to teach participants to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communication of people in trouble, and to gain skills to act to prevent a possible tragedy utilizing the QPR method.

Where’s Squatch?

The Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute-Area Health Education Center on the Hillsboro Campus will host “Where’s Squatch?” hunts monthly starting in November. Follow OHWIAHEC on Instagram for clues to find the 7-inch plastic Sasquatch hidden monthly on the Hillsboro Campus and to find mental health tips. The center also is sponsoring a display of wellness and resilience books in the Hillsboro Campus Library.

Self-Care and Employee Assistance

Employee Wellness Program
Wellness Resource Guide
Employee Assistance Program
WholeLife Directions App
Family Resources
Discounts & Perks
Holiday Schedule
Staff Senate Committees

Supporting Students

The Student Counseling Center provides a range of services, including consultation, crisis services, group therapy, and short-term individual therapy, as well as drop-in support groups.

Counseling Services
BIPOC Let’s Talk
Queer Let’s Talk
First-Generation Support Group

The center also has a list of resources on specific mental health conditions, as well as additional information and resources on a variety of topics, from academic success to body image to interpersonal relationships.

The center also offers workshops for students around mental health topics:
Mindful Coping
Wise Mind

More to Read

The New York Public Library and Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health compiled this list of fiction and nonfiction books that offer an empathetic look at the challenges of living with mental illness.

Discover great reads on a variety of topics, including several by Pacific authors, on the Pacific University Alumni Associations’ GoodReads page or page.