Ben has been nothing but supportive during my time with the QSAA. He leads by example - by making sure we feel supported and that someone at the University truly cares about the students they interact with. Not only has he fostered an environment at the QSAA that makes everyone feel comfortable to come to him with anything that might be going on - but he also makes sure he is following up on his promises. I know I can go to him with anything, no matter how big or small - and I have, and he has been there for me.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
I try to commit to listening without judgement and only offering advise or solutions when asked. Educators and staff play an essential role in supporting and enhancing student mental health and wellbeing, the same as everyone in their network (friends, family, faculty.) It is only when a student feels supported and safe can they fully thrive.
--- Ben Seewald