To the Temple community,
As the end of the academic year is fast approaching, we wanted to share some updates from the Health and Well-being Division.
- COVID-19 vaccine: The city of Philadelphia has dropped its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students and employees at higher education institutions. Effective immediately, Temple University no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty or staff. Temple strongly recommends that students, faculty and staff stay current on the vaccination, including booster recommendations, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to prevent severe disease. Please note that students, faculty and staff working in healthcare settings are still required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
- JED Campus: Temple University has joined JED Campus to support student well-being and mental health. Joining JED Campus, which is a nationwide initiative of the Jed Foundation (JED), was a recommendation of the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force. JED is a nonprofit that focuses on protecting emotional health and preventing suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. The collaboration with JED is a four-year intensive partnership that assesses, enhances and helps create positive, sustainable changes in our campus community. Included below are our accomplishments to date.
- Completion of a campus assessment of our mental health and well-being services and programming
- Creation of a campuswide JED Campus team
- Distribution of healthy minds survey to students
- Completion of a campus visit by JED staff
- New Welltrack Boost interactive self-help therapy: We now offer Welltrack Boost, an online tool designed to help you understand and alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. The tool is free for all Temple students, faculty and staff.
- Employee wellness survey: Employees, please look for an email later today with instructions on a wellness survey to provide input on the types of wellness programs you would like us to consider offering in the future.
The mental health and well-being of our university community continues to be our top priority, and we are dedicated to providing and improving care for everyone.
Associate Vice Provost for Health and Well-being