Cura Personalis - Care for the whole person

Walsh Jesuit implements programs, policies & initiatives to attend to the wellness needs of its students.

Context

During the 2014-15 school year, Walsh Jesuit began a review of its drug and alcohol policy. Disciplinary cases revealed a diminution in the concern expressed by students in their attitudes toward drugs and alcohol use. Students voluntarily met with school administrators to inform them of their concerns regarding the current policy, and its effect on the student use of drugs and alcohol. Northeast Ohio saw a major upswing in drug availability and use, predominantly among young adults from middle to upper class backgrounds. Three local Catholic high schools began mandatory drug testing programs, prompting conversations with these schools to discover more about their motivations, programs and outcomes.

At the same time, WJ employees entered into discussions about the mental and emotional wellness of our students. Observations regarding student responses to anxiety and stress prompted informal conversations about what the school was doing to meet all of the developmental needs of its students. Local and national trends regarding the emotional wellness of high school students were examined, and convinced the Walsh Jesuit community that greater attention needed to be paid to students.

Currently, various programs, activities, and physical improvements are implemented that attended to the spiritual, intellectual and social needs of students.
Walsh Jesuit decided to widen the scope of its examination beyond simply drug and alcohol or emotional wellness issues. Identifying cultural movements and reviewing community needs, WJ broadened our goal to encompass the overall wellness of our student body. Therefore, we expanded our approach to look at the emotionalphysicalsocialintellectual & spiritual wellness of students. 

WJ formed a Parent Wellness Committee, a Faculty/Staff Wellness Committee & a student wellness panel to look at the overall wellness of students and the supportive structures necessary for the promotion of such wellness. In addition to creating educational opportunities for faculty/staff members and students, these committees attempted to examine policies and programs. 

The Parent Wellness Committee was tasked with reviewing the drug and alcohol policy. The Faculty/Staff Wellness Committee attempted to understand attitudes surrounding student emotional wellness, specifically  issues of stress and anxiety.  Stemming from the results of the Parent and Student Attitude Surveys on Drugs/Alcohol and the Student Emotional Wellness Survey came conversations about how the school could best meet the diverse needs of its student body and parent community.

The Wellness initiatives are intended to further the overall emotional, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness at Walsh Jesuit. Modifications and additions are still being made on a consistent basis, as this is an ongoing commitment to work with parents, faculty/staff members and students to proactively attend to the wellness needs of everyone. 
Note: The Student Wellness Initiative programs represent new approaches taken by the school in addressing the overall wellness of the Walsh Jesuit student body. It does not include the current programming that is already available.