UMatter

UMatter 2017-2018 Report

Events and Outreach

UMatter reached over 4000 students in person this year.

There was participation in 25 events total. 12 events were planned and coordinated by UMatter. The team were guests at 13 events hosted by community and campus partners, 3 of those took place off campus.

19 “Take Back Your Life” presentations were given this year. 16 were on campus, 3 took place at local high schools.

Evaluation Results

External evaluations measured student engagement across the various goals that UMatter hopes to achieve. 13 statements were provided for students to rate their agreement on a likert scale of 1: Strongly Disagree to 5: Strongly Agree. The average response was 4.24 with a standard deviation of 0.15

UMatter was most successful in educating students about mental health resources and also reducing their stigma about mental illness. The team was moderately successful in teaching students about how to practice mental health and actively incorporate it into their own personal lives.  Finally, there are opportunities for improvement in motivating students to be open about mental health to others, both in sharing their own journey and in bystander intervention.

UMatter was most successful reaching students who self-identify as:

  • Women
  • Sophomores, and moderately successful in reaching juniors and seniors.
  • Communication Studies, Sciences, and Disorders, Social Science and Liberal Studies (Non Psychology), and Business.
  • Heterosexual and bisexual.

The biggest opportunities for improvement are with students who self-identify as:

  • Men
  • Freshmen and graduate students.
  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.
  • Asian

8 Week Follow Up

Long-term effectiveness of the UMatter programming was tested with a follow up survey given to 122 students 8 weeks after they saw the “Take Back Your Life” presentation. Students report being more understanding of how to treat people and help them with their struggles, and how to be more empathic. They also reported being more aware of their own mental health, being more self-compassionate, and understanding the resources they can use for themselves and others. Five students said they have taken specific action to improve their mental health, including two students who went to the counseling center following the presentation.

UMatter Internship

UMatter had a total of 14 student interns for the 2017 – 2018 year.  Four students served all year. Five were only for Fall 2017, while five more were only for Spring 2018.  All interns were surveyed anonymously at the beginning of each semester they worked and at the end of each semester they worked.

A major goal of the UMatter internship is to educate the student interns on mental health, outreach, and bystander intervention.  The goal is for them to be able to converse with students during their events and presentations, as well as leave the UMatter as mental health and social justice ambassadors.

Our data showed that the education and experience provided by the UMatter internship significantly improved students ability to engage with mental health practices and be advocates for their fellow students.

Social Media

UMatter maintained a YouTube with 40 new videos and a blog with 9 new posts to engage students on a deeper level with mental health. Facebook and Instagram accounts were also maintained to promote mental well being and events multiple times per week.

Finances

UMatter had operating expenses of $4,608.30 for the 2017-2018 school year.