The importance of Fraternity on World Mental Health Day
ZBT is family, and ZBT is a Brotherhood for a Lifetime. On this World Mental Health Day, we champion the wellbeing of our brothers and friends. We hope you will feel comfortable having tough conversations and learning from each other. If you need to seek help, start by reaching out to a brother.
Brotherly Love is important to your wellness.
While college men are experiencing loneliness and depression at increasing rates, Zeta Beta Tau empowers students to create a strong support system that lasts well beyond their time on campus. Research shows fraternity members overall report stronger mental health and wellness than peers. The sense of family that fraternity membership provides offers help and guidance when a brother needs it most. The tenets of our Credo promote mental health.
Annually on Oct. 10, the World Health Organization organizes a global campaign for World Mental Health Day to raise awareness about mental health around the world and to mobilize efforts to support those experiencing mental health issues.
Today, we encourage ZBT brothers and chapters to reflect and be mindful about themselves, individually, and about the Chapter as a unit. How can you develop and protect your own health and wellbeing? How is the vibe in the Chapter? What do you need to do to be a better brother? Each chapter has a Risk Prevention and Wellness Director officer position; work with them on resources and programming.
- Read: Signs Your Friend Might Be Struggling Emotionally and watch My friends would come over and ask, “Are you ok?” via The Jed Foundation.
- Student Stress 101: Understanding Academic Stress by The Jed Foundation.
- Utilize the resources available on your campus, such as the counseling center or health facilities. Many campuses have both in-person and virtual resources.
- Zeta Beta Tau Foundation recently hosted a virtual program called Live Well, Be Well: A Conversation on Health and Wellness featuring brothers from various professions sharing expertise and perspectives on health, wellness and living your best life.
FOR ALL ZBTs
- Take the Mental Health Meter assessment from Canadian Mental Health Association
- Listen to one of the 10 Men’s Mental Health Podcast Recommendations from Trigger mental health resource collective.
- About Jewish mental health values via The Blue Dove Foundation
- Visit your library or favorite online book retailer for these essential reads: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve by Rheeda Walker, Ph.D; or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry by Seth J Gillihan, Ph.D.