Building University Student Resilience

The state of university student mental health is at a crisis point, e.g. nationally 49% of undergraduates feel hopeless. Traditional on-campus counseling and psychiatric services have waiting times of 2 weeks to four months for initial appointments.

In addition, traditional on-campus psychiatric services require self-selection and the will to overcome associated stigma.

What is needed is a prevention/early intervention approach that improves student emotional, cognitive, social and academic performance while reducing the demand on traditional counseling/psychiatric services.

CFR Advisors has built a coherent, scalable system that provides every student with their personal resilience profile and a prescription with the specific behaviors needed to build their resilience. The system has the following characteristics:

  • Based on the latest neuroscience, positive psychology and predictive analytics
  • All resources are available on line
  • The system is inclusive reaching and involving all students
  • Reduces the stigma associated with seeking help
  • Focuses on strengthening and growing the individual
  • Engagement of non-psychiatric resources (e.g. Residential Life, Career Counseling, Campus Chaplaincy, Academic Advisors) simply by augmenting their current conversations with students to include reinforcement of building resilience

 The system was inspired by Dr. Leo Flanagan’s work in response to disasters (including Hurricane Sandy, the Newtown School Shooting, and the Moore OK EF-5 Tornado). Independent evaluation found 54% of those completing the resilience building program after a disaster were better emotionally, cognitively, socially and financially.

The system has been proven through the firm’s work with leading corporations.

 CFR Advisors is currently working with or in discussions with:

  • The Jana Marie Foundation
  • Georgetown University
  • Hershey Medical School
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Penn State University
  • Stanford University
  • Villanova University