Students Helping Students (Panel)

hello everyone how about if I welcome us back so we can hear our student panel this has been a very interesting day for me i’m the dean of students at the university and so on one of those administrators very involved with handling disasters and other sorts of critical incidents and so I’ve appreciated the perspectives of the mental health experts and really enjoyed hearing about the approaches toward handling some of these things from other universities but another key resource as we all know on our campuses our students themselves they’re on the ground they have a sense of student rumors concerns and needs at any point in time are happy to give us suggestions almost always good ones and sometimes doable they know when and how students gather and talk and they have info about student action their interactions so that all of these times when we’re interested if one student gets hurt who might be the other students that know him or her best will care very personally and they have networks and great connections among student leaders and of course they have endless energy and creativity and have often a different way to look at things than we as administrators and mental health professionals do we’re very fortunate today to have six of our University of Michigan students with us they represent different schools and colleges different class years some are associated directly with student organizations some of those student organizations work very closely with different administrative offices others among them are involved in very ad hoc efforts that have been created in response to certain disasters and catastrophes and they also have the dual role of having been in acted either personally or is a general person within the university community by a disaster that has faced us all and then they’re also involved in different ways in providing services so they have both the personal impact that they’ve coped with and the provision of a new service they’ll all introduce themselves and I hope you’ll mention the schools and colleges maybe your class years because that’s impressive too and then they’ll talk a little bit about the efforts they’ve undertaken the personal growth the experiences themselves that other students have shared and lessons learned they’ll each talk for about six minutes each and if we do that we’ll have maybe about 10 or 15 minutes for questions if we end right on time if we go just a tiny bit beyond we may have a little more I’m supposed to make sure you’re aware of one room change for the breakout sessions that follow the faculty session and the administrators session have flipped so the administrators will now be in the east conference room on the fourth floor if you get there you’ll know you’re there because I’ll be there and the faculty will be in the executive board room on the first floor if we run out of time for questions the students will be in the breakout sessions too so we’ll be able to do a little more follow up there so I’ll just let you begin Thanks thank you hello my name is naren one single dome I’m from Thailand actually and I am a candidate of skilled nursing are actually I would like to talk about the service that we did in summer a lot somewhere and we had formed a group actually we don’t want to do it I was elder I came up with our that the University of Michigan Thai students should use the no let again for art school in college and then used that one to help others in the country that affected by tsunami and we try to sell our idea the idea was so the problem is that no one want to do it because it’s international Kyle playing and then there’s process that need to be done so we decided to it ourselves are the group is named tsunami community service at Thailand and we call it TC side for chart our mission is to help tsunami victim and the humidity that received

less attention or health then many religious especially small villages on the island that didn’t get help even though it’s several months after the tsunami our event and then we have decided to focus on Tonga the problems that have affect the words are in Thailand my our focus is on long-term development so we decided to do our health well-being and also education I would tell i will tell you why we do that the timeline is that we have the first meeting in January on the 21st and then we have the local local location so we’re after afterward just one week before the on-site service and you might want to know where hunger are believe this work no it doesn’t work so I think you know why is Thailand you know Thailand have you heard about Thailand yeah thank you sir panga is the problem that is just north of phuket the popular vacation spot in thailand we have to do things are try to get there the project run and the first thing that we have to do is planning we need to get lots of information about the area and also others volunteer groups in the area so we set up their weekly meeting and really met at my apartment and one of the commitment is that I have to cook Thai food for the member to camp in it and then we have the meeting afterward and then I will try to contact the government agency and also our school college and offices and try to see what we can do and have have to be done legally and are try to ensure that our project is ok to everyone especially our European offices and also at the Thai government the US Embassy and other party especially the parents of our the volunteers so we did a lot of consulting and we have graph or the ricoh documentation for volunteer our first that we have to do is hunting for volunteers it’s kind of late because even though we start in January but we wouldn’t be able to do anything until May so we try to everything is dynamic and the situation is dynamic as well so sometimes when we think about what should we do and what types of is that cat can be done for the population the problem occur is that firstly thing about basic needs and then the problem soaps so we move around our and then try to be more flexible with the situation in the area and then we have created our own website just to advertise our project and then tell people what we would offer to them and then also what they can gain from our project we have the application process and we have interview far far individual move like to volunteer for on-site service and when we get people we have to get the team that means are the just one unit they can work together and then there is no conflict at all so we had 18 members who are University of Michigan student and then we have three are visiting scholars who has been in the US adidas of Michigan and then we have other one tier three others are two from the UK who follower information under web and then send our email saying that they are in Cambodia and would like to help and another person is from Holland every person who weren’t here for on-site Soviets had to be interview and then the last interview is in Thailand the day before we have to leave Bangkok we just try to make sure we don’t get any young gay or any person who is dependent into the group another test our wishes very sharings for us is getting money we are student group it is very difficult to get money because our when we asked cooperate for money we don’t have anything that can help them with text and then when we ex the university entities about our support that we can get the university is a public university so we couldn’t get much to help them because our what we want to do it get more surprised that we can use so we did love being we have t-shirts el

bucket dr grant proposal we also have fun an option are over the thai cultural show that we have thai handcraft that is true for action we had for sale we have BBQ party that we are chart everyone for the party and we also have bowling night the tie to get more money into the project and then the week before the group would get to Thailand in me and also other two members went to the location in ponga entitled to meet with people and get more information about possibility of getting each activity done and also what should not be done and what we couldn’t do we have this concern because our one of our location that we would like to serve is our Islamic community and it is very difficult for us if you don’t know in advance what we can but we can’t do over there and this is the way that we try to get more money we did a bucket drive on Liberty are in the front of starbucks people stop by and give us money we feel half of the bucket with snowed that days and then we got sum of money i think that night weekend about seven hundred dollars because it is very cold it’s about teen number of the temperature and then some people stopped by to see what is starbuck do wrong that we protest in the front of starbuck we have the size and this is for our locations the way before the service start so we visit schools and make decision of this school need help the most and then I wish money is being abandoned and we finalize it on the project we would like to be done we have somewhat of a telecon friend with volunteer who still who was still in Michigan and the tree of us who were in Thailand on the area and then we arranged for accommodation and everything that we could you will see the top from the top picture is the president we stay at the first week of the service and are another picture sure that the press that we have to cook and eat so answer activities are we had several activities on site it i would like to because this is a depressing conference so i would like to focus on our health and also a psychological support activity that we did if you have time then we go to we go to another activity i will schedule we have two weeks and then our for the first week we need to finish up with a rivalry construction which the rentier group before us had built but it’s not done with unknown reason they just abandon the building so we have to finish that building and then we have to finish it and let the wall dry before we can go back and paint building then we went to another school to do another project especially for children’s activity physical health we set up a small health clinic over the school and we also are doing a physical examination we didn’t scratch a screening for first student and also people within the village and we also did the update information for a health card of the student we did our exam for sure and this is what we’ve done you see under there are obviously the UM the left the top left hand side this is our our experience weren’t here Kimberly she has been working hard with us and we will try to to dress appropriately but because the weather is somewhere around 90 degrees so finally at the end of a David took up some pieces and this is what you see we have them fear lesson for children we also have the lesson for dental care and if we did some activities for psychological support for children we asked them to to do it at project they draw the picture I have two examples i would like to share with you about is that the first one are a six years old

go she’s very talent in drawing all her driving has it’s very colorful but when he reacts her to to draw about tsunami suddenly it’s only black that she used and pupils start to have no he just only had no hand no legs and nobody there the picture in pink the children who draw this picture actually when I receive it her father and then when the tsunami occurred her father just try to get to the course asked her to run and say I don’t look back just run she ran to the cause try to get to the high heel and then was less q4 from the local people she was told and her father died and that during that time she felt lost and then that’s a lot of thing that she has to go to but they after they found out at the father’s life so the family reunite again are the common theme discover in children at work we usually see all the work almost all the world half live and then are dead people fishing boats house malden pupil people cramming teary and then our ship hitting home we need another project with the children our project after project depends on surprise we have loved and we also did some what other recreation activities as well we change lots of challenge our first of all about the nature of the children are tsunami has happened for five months before we got there the children had been spoiled because there are people things that they suffer so they should be spy and they disregarded of the culture that children should listen to I adults and also our pay less speak to others so this is the first difficulty that we face when we work with children we also have conflict with another volunteer group who feel so much that they fall into his children and they don’t want to leave the island and we have negotiation we try to negotiate to to work professionally we are we are lucky that we have are many of the people of the member who have fun professional schools so we can work professionally somewhat professionally and then most of us has trained for what should we observe for the sign of psychological issue of among children and also we will inform about cultural issue for in the area so and I would project try to win through the government route so that we can approve and then we can do it anything legally or our advantage another advantage of our group is that we are flexible and fearless so we just go for it and then at the end of the day we have to work hard so to make sure that the next day would be good for us and children I have one cliff I think I run out of town so I have one crib for you that this is when we try to rehome so for the next day I know how can it do it but just forget it because I ran out of time anyway so just the point is that we did our best to put a smile on their faces even though we got this at another day we got dirt and we got very tired but we still need to do the briefing every day especially people who did their activity the artwork activity with kids are due at the end of the day when we do the debriefing the the thing that usually occur is that our member tariff when they heard about the activity because some members will SI another test some over the construction site some work with the kids so when we have the briefing then we will help each other as well or for the feedback from our Thai students school and the locals they appreciate our work and they wish that we can stay longer over there father member of our group we appreciate what we did and we will be we were able to help the kid put color back on their picture and also we can give them some smile we think that our our feeling is

fulfilled and also if the feedback is to to each of us is that we also learn what you do and also what occur is that leadership and also mentoring ship as well we try to pair experience a volunteer with inexperienced weren’t here and also tie with non tight so that we know what to do and with what should not be done and I would like to give a knowledge meant for our member who have been working hard and also our advisor dr. Lintz our university Michigan sponsors and our non yoke and sponsor that help our project and that’s it thank you okay hi my name is Alissa Larry I’m a senior at the University of Michigan my major is sociology so I’m in the college of literature sides in the arts and I have a sub concentration in health and aging and today I’m going to talk about kind of a project that we attempted to do for the students who are either displaced during the hurricane hurricane katrina and the students who are currently attending here and are from you know the affected areas so the original idea came about during a meeting that we had that was put on by MSA the student government and myself and another student wanted to come up with kind of a buddy system to get these students oriented with the campus with the University of the city of Ann Arbor and also kind of just be there for them in the time of need so we came up with the name NOLA buddies New Orleans Louisiana buddies and we just wanted to partner people up but we wanted to do it in about time that lasted about a week because you get to school and by the time things get going kind of lose track and get busy with work things like that so our idea was to find out who these students were the people who are admitted or from New Orleans and then get a group of students who already here and train them to be volunteers and buddies so we wanted to train them through caps which is a psychological service at University of Michigan housing and on the office of new student programs as a as a staff member of the undergraduate admissions office I thought this would be pretty easy to do to obtain the list of students and to get pamphlets and things just to help them out one’s give them kind of brochures with activities and places to go things to do but you know it just takes a lot longer than a week to do something like that so basically it never really ended up working out you because there were tons of barriers we really just wanted to help these victims but one of the things one of the major problems was you can’t get their names without permission you have to go through several steps obtain the names there needs to be a faster math method but with all those steps you need to take its really tough to do and then also we tended to kind of forget about or disregard the students who are from New Orleans who could have you know their families could have been displays things like that we attempted to set up a booth at an ice cream social and the Student Union to give them maps and brochures and things like that but that was about the first and last time we saw any of the students so I was hoping what could be done is to either in our student government put in like a standing committee for students who go through crises or create a crises group or make them part of an existing group we already have at the University of Michigan and I also hope to somehow come up with a standard model to build on for this university and other universities as well hi my name is Katie rotor I’m going to talk about something a little bit different I’m a representative from a U of M student group called finding voice and we were not formed in response to a major crisis or a disaster were just a group of students who came together because we really felt the need to improve the campus environment for students affected by mental illness one of the things I want to talk about is just kind of an example of what we do is we put a lot of time into trying to help students who have either attempted suicide during the semester or experienced similar mental health

related crisis we’re finding that it was really hard for students to navigate being hospitalized understanding new medications they may be put up put on adjusting to new therapist new psychiatrist and at the same time they have to keep track of their missed homework and he missed exams try to figure out how to make everything up so one of our members was actually hospitalized at the psych unit here at U of M and she came up with the idea of creating a hospital guide for these students and we worked on this in collaboration with the Dean of Students office and it’s now been published so every U of M student who goes through the psychiatric inpatient unit at U of M hospital is getting this booklet that walks them through notifying family members friends keeping up on homework that kind of thing we’re and we’ve also been working on publicizing the office services for students with disabilities most people don’t know this office exists and if they do they don’t know that some mental illnesses qualify as a disability for example if a student is having anxiety surrounding being in a large room full of people that student may have a really hard time taking exams so through this office they can get documentation from a therapist or psychiatrist in this office will help them be able to have extended time for their exams or to take an exam in a smaller quieter room or something like that and we’ve been trying to make that more well known for students with mental illnesses so they can increase their chances of success and we’ve also been working on a lot of students don’t know what to do if they do have to leave for a semester or two and it’s really hard to get that information online it’s fairly readily available if you go in to talk to your advisor but if you are currently off campus or in a hospital that’s not really an option and it’s really hard to figure out what you need to do if you want to take a medical leave so what we’ve done is we’ve met with the advising office and talk through okay if the student wants to leave at this point in the semester what do they need to do who do they need to contact how do they get back in and so we’ve put that information together and it’s going to be going up soon on our website just as kind of an informal student’s guide of being able to take care of yourself well not screwing yourself over and we’ve also been trying to another obstacle with this if you’re in the hospital overnight for say you break your leg or something and then you you’re up late in the ER and then you have an early class the next day and if you have to miss that class it’s really easy to explain to your professor this is not the case if it’s a student in who’s in the emergency room for a suicide attempt most students are not comfortable sharing that information with even acquaintances roommates family members and it’s a really big jump to start sharing that information with a professor professor or a graduate student an instructor and another thing we’ve worked with a Dean of Students office on is pairing that student with an administrator who will kind of document the case verify that something real is going on and then contact the professors and say with a very generic letter that says the student is experiencing some health issues we are aware of the problem please do whatever is in your power to help this student and we’re finding that this helps protect the students confidentiality while still helping them get the accommodations that they need and also related to suicide as many of you know there were the two recent suicides on U of M’s campus and that was hard to deal with being part of this group because we had this overwhelming feeling of we should do something and we had no idea what to do everyone’s been talking about kind of the suicide contagion effect and we didn’t want to contribute to that we were worried that doing any events related to suicide would make a third suicide more likely which obviously we did not want to happen so everyone’s been talking oh we need these plans we need them in place and I think it’d be really beneficial if you also had plans for dealing not only with the students directly affected by the suicide such as friends roommate significant others but also just related student groups because we were just kind of in this bind of we should be doing something we need to do something we don’t know what to do and we ended up doing nothing and that felt pretty bad as far as things that we kind of are working on now and we like to see happen in the future we’re finding that a lot of students first of all don’t know what counseling services exist and also don’t know when to seek them many students who are actually suffering from the onset of a mood disorder or an anxiety disorder don’t realize it and they just believe it’s normal stress related with the transition to college and they don’t quite know what the difference is between a normal change in sleep schedule and it changed that maybe you should be concerned about so a lot of these students show up in their advisors offices or in there are a’s

room saying hey this is going on and i’m doing badly at school or i’m having trouble with this however these people don’t have a lot of training and supporting these students so we’ve been working to get them more training about the mental health resources so they can learn how to help these students during this time hi my name is Stephanie Tillman I’m a third year undergrad majoring in global health and minoring in medical anthropology I am the Executive Board Chair of a group called pulse which is a peer health advocacy program that runs through University Health Services we’re a program that works to train students who are living in the residential communities so they are trained on a variety of health topics from sexual health to mental health to nutrition everything that University all services does these pulse students are trained to be able to be advocates within their community for those topics like Katie’s group finding voice pulse is also something that is integrated within the university system we were in place whenever the various mental mental health issues happen on campus the people who are in the residence halls not only have been through this training but they also have a binder that is available to them with all kinds of resources in there so if someone comes to talk to them they can say you know I have these resources if you want someone to walk you to caps I can walk you to caps if you’re looking for someone else to talk to for example a student organization they would know that finding voices there and we could refer them to finding voice so the essence of pulse is that it’s a constant reminder within residential communities that students have someone to talk to and it’s a lot easier sometimes to talk to a student than it may be to talk to an advisor or an administrator at the University of Michigan we also have a newsletter that we put out by weekly and in response to the suicides on campus we also had the same feeling that the university sort of had this subtle understated reaction to it so within our newsletter we also gave our pulse members resources that were available on campus statistics of how common certain mental health issues are and just having them be aware of what is going on and not necessarily examining all of the students in their residential community but making sure that other students know that they’re available to come and talk to them about what is going on with them if they feel that they need to we focus on everyday interactions using those interactions to talk about meant health issues to talk about every kind of issue because mental health can be encompassed and every other kind of health it is involved and it’s really difficult for students to focus on their own mental health when academics is such a strong impact on this campus for everyone to be concentrated on that so in response to the cymeks tsunami and Hurricane Katrina because we are a group that is already in place we didn’t necessarily have an immediate response like NOLA but all of our pulse members were given additional information on grieving and loss for them to be able to use in terms of someone who would come to them in response to the hurricane or the tsunami they were reminded to make themselves more available in their community and to be conscious and sensitive to others who may seem like they were having a hard time with the issues that were coming to them in response to the suicides we felt the same way that the university did and that we don’t want to publicize the suicides for the same reason that Katie said but we made students more aware of what was going on through the pulse students who were already there so there was no vocal action and there was nothing that was exuberant through pulse but it was just the consistency of the every everyday interactions just being sensitive to the fact that others may be going through something that you have no idea what they’re going through so in an interaction it’s extremely important to just go with an open mind and be available to listen because your peers obviously are placing different issues then you may be facing so that’s part of it good afternoon my name is Darla Williams I’m a third-year student and Allison a and I serve currently as the president of the residence halls Association that’s the student government that is based in the residence halls so we are a standing organization and have been a consistent excuse me for nearly 50 years at this point so the things that I’m going to highlight really are more social support that we as rha do some of the other student organizations that I’m associated with as well as housing which we work very closely with the first thing that I’d like to talk about is the important of social support and when it comes from student groups I know recently the university has made a huge step and giving more supports toward student groups as far as the sore

guidelines are making sure that faculty staff and other support services are available because in my personal experience and experience with friends and other people who attend this University some of these social groups these student organizations whether they be the government’s whether they be a Greek letter organization whether they be just something let’s hang out and study together have really kept students here and kept students here healthy so the social support is really really important and the fact that the university is really starting to recognize that and and providing some of the support has been very helpful one thing that I would like to add definitely recommend for the future and for the movement of this is that as faculty or staff advisors to some of these student organizations or even if you have a mentee as faculty or staff that you do one-on-ones pretty often at least one to three times per semester I know as a student leader as we like to call ourselves it’s very helpful because although we may not know that something is kind of on the horizon of being stressed out or having a lot of things to do being able to check in with someone on that regular basis is very very helpful another thing that I’d like to talk about is some of the resources that housing has had in place for years for decades even some of the specialized resident staff of course the resident advisor which is nearly on every hall they may serve anywhere between 15 and 70s depending on which building in which period of campus but having that one student usually an upperclassman who’s been around campus who knows kind of how to do things you know they’ve been around to have a social support right there in your hallway is always helpful and then the academic support that comes from the academic peer advisor this is University where all students and so to have someone to speak with who’s again older who knows the ropes to say you know this class how does this class work or how should I handle stress that’s also very helpful because it’s something that’s right there in those residential areas and then talking on minority and multicultural issues the minority peer advisor program and the council’s that are associated with that again the social support that comes from those the ability to talk about some issues that as we’re in high school or even younger in our own communities before we come to the University are able to discuss or even haven’t had issue with because of the communities we come from now become an issue in this new larger more diverse place so having the space the safe space and someone who has been trained to address those has been incredibly helpful for I know at least a lot of minority students but also students who represent the majority because those issues may not have come up where they come from so I think that’s a wonderful step and if other units have support systems like that or don’t look into it and how it may be helpful to students and even staff who may be coming from all over the country and the world the last thing that I kind of wanted to touch on is some of the responses that we have like I said we are standing organizations and with housing being one of the administrative units the support that comes when there is a disaster or an issue that comes up usually comes in the form of social support I know for Hurricane Katrina and even last year with the tsunami relief efforts we as rha we really can’t do any of the psychological helping we can’t do too much of the social support because we’re not trained in that area so what we do is we allow students an outlet to help even if they’re not directly affected but know people who are they can donate money through mill sacrifices or even with donations program that we would set up with the help of housing say you know what if you want to help here’s additional resources of other groups who are doing bigger things that we just aren’t able to do also when it comes to deaths or other stressful situations that are based in the residence hall housing is very very quick to respond in the form of let’s have a debriefing session or we’re going to call a hall meeting to make sure that we can discuss it and make sure that everyone’s in a place that’s okay and making sure the staff that are in the buildings are available for extended hours for appointments for even walk ins and as such to just have someone to talk to and maybe not address the issue full on but to direct them to someone who can so I guess the main thing that I want to really encourage is that as professionals you’re providing social support we are not always trained to discuss the depression or the psychological issues that are signed into that but to know that you have someone to speak with can be very very helpful I guess that’s it hi my name is Claire Haskell and I’m a graduate student at the School of Public Health I’m actually just finishing up my master’s degree in health services administration and I want to talk for

just a little bit about my personal experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the response of the university community to that I was born and raised in New Orleans so the period right after the hurricane hit was very stressful as we’re trying to contact relatives and friends to see who made it out and who was still there fortunately my personal family was all able to evacuate to Houston before the hurricane hit and so we’re very grateful for that but this all happened right around the beginning of the fall semester and the university was pretty quick to respond by posting information on the website there was a letter from the president Mary Sue Coleman where she extended her condolences and concerns and also identified a lot of resources and information that would be helpful to the stew two more affected by the hurricane as well as two I think the student population in general who wanted to know what they could do to help the school of public health I know quickly accepted a number of students from Tulane who had been displaced from the hurricane and they were really good about communicating to the student group what they could do to help I know a number of my classmates volunteered to man the phone lines at the American Red Cross some others did sorting of clothing and other supplies that were being sent to the Gulf Coast myself and I know a couple other people offered to take in students who need a temporary housing when they were coming from the Tulane University before they could find permanent housing here and 11 of those students stayed with me for just over a week around this same time my family had to evacuate Houston due to Hurricane Rita and we decided that it would be best for my younger brother and sister to come to ann arbor to live with me and i mentioned this to one of my professors at the School of Public Health and very quickly within a day or so I was contacted by someone from the dean of students office and she was really great about explaining to me all the resources that were available to help me and my siblings get settled a whole range of resources from gift cards to grocery stores to target to the counseling services that might be helpful to my siblings to help them adjust even were able to arrange for the dental school to provide free dental care for them so that that was great the faculty at the School of Public Health also responded in a way that was incredibly supportive besides financial aid they really extended themselves to help in other ways in applying for public health insurance for the children in getting them enrolled in in public schools here and helping me navigate through through the different systems that was very helpful besides the faculty I know the students at at the School of Public Health have also responded very actively there’s an ad hoc group that was formed in response to Hurricane Katrina the public health student action team and they actually organized a working spring break to a couple of different locations in the Gulf Coast and they were there for over a week helping with the cleanup and recovery efforts that are still ongoing there and besides that one time trip it is an ongoing effort like I said and we are engaging in regular meetings to assess what we can do to continue to support the efforts that are at our continuing at this time thank you guys you can see how easy it is to be an administrator at the University of Michigan with students like these I think Rachel have you collected any cards so far or have people written questions any we have about fifteen minutes before we have to be in our breakout sessions I’ll mention once again that the faculty session and the administrative sessions have switched rooms so the administrators are on the fourth floor and the faculty are on the first and why don’t do we have a mic or does anyone want to ask questions I don’t know if we’ll be able to hear you from the audience okay I have a little trouble seeing the

hand so if you’ve got one just shout it out Oh like how we find members um I’m not really sure how you find members on our membership is always pretty low it’s a group that’s pretty hard to generate interest in especially because I think a lot of the people who would be most interested in it are the ones who are at least able at that time to take on another activity it’s kind of one of those the people who are doing this advocacy are those who are least able to be doing this advocacy just about everyone in finding voice has a mental illness so we kind of go off that we advertised around caps I believe we have flyers in psychiatric emergency services at U of M hospital we do bulletin boards in the dorms we try to talk to the RAS a lot of the advise that academic advisors for Alison a have some of our information sheets now so if students coming in with academic difficulties that they think might be due to psychological concerns they let them know about us also just a lot of word of mouth and get some people showing up at meeting sing you guys signing voice yeah we are okay um we can’t be officially because of confidentiality reasons but because of the handbook we did the hospital is kind of aware of our presence now and in the handbook we have a little blurb about our organization and our contact info but again it’s really hard we can’t have the hospital call us and say oh so so and so au of M student has just been admitted obviously that would be a huge breach of confidentiality so we can actually do as much active recruiting as we’d like we try to do just a lot of general campus putting Flyers up and hoping that the people who will be interested see them um officially we have over 200 members in reality i’d say we have about 15 people who are really involved oh we don’t serve patients we’re just a group of students we don’t offer therapy or services we’re all just undergraduate students so I I can’t really give an estimate on how many people have heard about us or been helped by our information I’m not sure uh no I I know we get a lot of positive feedback but I can’t give you a number of people who’ve been helped by hearing about us I got a couple of other questions yeah I can add that as more and more administrators are aware of the support that comes from the group administrators also refer people to it but we have another question we have a couple of other questions someone’s asking about the training you or your members have received before your services and what is most helpful in terms of training now I’m not sure some of you come from student-run groups so I’m not sure there is training but for those of you who are working in settings where there is training I’d say pulse and the tsunami trip are probably two people that should answer um far the tsunami group the training is that mean our group we reset up the training session that we invited specialist to our percent of a meeting and then we ex are we have a professional work girl who came from washing up healthy community and mental health service and then he come and talk to us about general information about that and also what kind of synonyms sign and symptom that we have to observe and also if there is anything that we need to record and also report and in for cultural sensitivity I I am the one who talked about that because I’m from Thailand and we try to tell others warranty is that what should be done and we should not for example if we have to go to the committee that is

Islamics we cannot let chart pans or anything like that so we need to to dress up up early and so we have to tell them what kind of toilet situation that they reviews and in what living arrangement that we will be facing and it is very helpful because they can they know be before time that what kind of stuff that you need to pack and then what things that they can buy in Thailand and what things they need to be done before here in the US before we leave the country I guess I answered accretion propulse it is run through student health services so the main program goes through to health educators who are amazing women who run everything from the training to student support throughout the year we have one all day training after all of our members are recruited and that training covers topics that we want to discuss immediately including the fact that the pulse members are not being trained to be counselors they’re being trained to be resources with information available to them so that so that they can use that information in everyday interactions with people that they’re already talking with in their community the information that is given throughout the year we have two training sessions every week that they go through and those training sessions can be by instructors at the University on topics of nutrition and mental health sleep depression sexual response anything that you can imagine and the pulse members that are supposed to go through one of those sessions each week and they are also by student groups who come in including the office of lesbian gay bisexual transgender and queer affairs have come in and done a topic caps comes in and talks so students have this very wide range of information that they are given through all of these trainings she’s been one more question and then maybe if someone has others they could come up as we go to the break rooms this question is what do you all think about the fact that there are only women up on the stage I’m very proud that there are women up here but not only women but that we were also strong and passionate about what the what we’re doing I mean I think even if this if we’re representing a group that is here and it’s constantly here or if we’re representing a group that was formed ad hoc in response to something I think that it’s incredible that were women who are supporting our university in various ways and I think that even through the student panel we’ve made connections with each other in a way that after this we’ve seen that there are improvements that we could make in our own and our own respect and that we can use each other to make those improvement and to be fair I would just like to mention that in the public health student group that was formed in response to Hurricane Katrina there is probably an equal number of males and females okay thank you very much you