College is a stressful time, and students often report feeling overwhelmed. Many students may experience times of increased anxiety and low mood. Students who suffer from serious symptoms of anxiety and depression are encouraged to seek treatment. Other students who do not have serious symptoms but might be showing early signs of depression may benefit from additional support to reinforce their mental wellness. Thanks to a generous grant to the College from the Huiying Memorial Foundation, CY He '18 Vice President, and in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students, a research team from the Wellesley Centers for Women will design an innovative program to serve these students.
Ministering to the Blue is a pilot study that aims to develop and evaluate a program to promote healthy coping strategies and wellness in Wellesley College students. Over the next two years, the research team will, with meaningful involvement from Wellesley students, faculty, and staff, design and test an online intervention program specifically for Wellesley College students at risk for depression, based on the latest depression prevention research.
Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., an associate director and senior research scientist with the Wellesley Centers for Women, will lead the Ministering to the Blue research team. Dr. Gladstone is the inaugural director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives at WCW and has an extensive background in studying, developing, and evaluating depression prevention programs.
During the 2019-20 academic year, Wellesley College students can get involved with Ministering to the Blue by serving on a student advisory committee or applying for a student research assistant position with the project.
To learn more or to receive notifications about this project directly, please email ministeringtotheblue@wellesley[dot]edu.