Our Stories: Mental Health Awareness Month
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We work to recognize, promote, and amplify voices, while also expanding opportunities for students across the country. This objective motivates us to provide high-quality, equitable higher education to all people, regardless of their background or location. We achieve equity for all students by making degree possibilities more accessible and enhancing learning access.
Join us as we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, and see how students and employees are supporting their communities around the country.
Ashley Talbert is a Senior Trainer on the Internal Communications team at WGU. Her career has been largely focused on student success and their educational experiences. During the pandemic, she expanded her focus into employee success by starting the Open Minds (OM) for Wellness Employee Resource Group. This group is a safe space for employees to seek resources and support for their mental health. Learn more about her story by clicking below.
"OM for Wellness aligns with and fully embraces WGU’s cultural values: Advance Equity; Own It; Engage Respectfully; One-by-One; Aim True; Trust Generously; and Achieve Together. Together, we stand behind these values, serving as another layer of support for each other as we navigate challenging times."
–Open Minds (OM) for Wellness at WGU
Dior Vargas is an award-winning intersectional mental health activist delivering education and resources to all communities. A native New Yorker, growing up in Spanish Harlem, Dior identified as an activist in high school after facing her own mental health issues and realizing the gap in mental health resources for people of color and the QTBIPOC community. She is a self-proclaimed storyteller bringing warmth, humility, and vulnerability to the conversation. For more information about Dior’s work, publications, research, and recognition, visit her website.
“Understanding Mental Health Stigma: Perspectives from a Queer Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist”
Dior Vargas, MS, MPH (she/her/hers)
Tuesday, May 24
11:00-12:00 pm MT
WGU Business Graduate
Here is a discussion from the 2019 SHRM Conference among Aaron Silverman - Lead Communications Representative at WGU, Andrew Morton - Director of Social Engagement for SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and Becky Melton - Senior Course Instructor in the WGU College of Business.
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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S. Nursing
This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN...
This program for BSNs who have an active,...
This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN license prepares you to become a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
- Locations: This degree program is not available in the following states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- Time: 2½ years.
- Tuition and fees: $4,250 plus $1,395 in fees, per six-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
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Nurse Appreciation Scholarship
Every May, nurses nationwide are celebrated during National Nurses Week for giving their all to every patient, every shift. At Western Governors University, we don’t think a week is nearly enough. That’s why now through June 30, we invite nurses who are ready to earn a bachelor's or master's nursing degree to apply for the Nurse Appreciation Scholarship.