Step Up

The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program, along with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and national leading experts, has developed the Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference program. Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes don’t help. As a result they are more likely to help in the future.

Step UP! is a pro-social behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. It received a NASPA Gold award and recently was identified as a ‘Best Practice’ by the NCAA Sports Science Institute of national and international scholars.

The goals of Step UP!are to:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase motivation to help
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others

In an NCAA-sponsored study at the University of Arizona, the University of Virginia and University of California at Riverside, 88% of student participants said they believed a problem could be avoided if someone intervened.

  • Though most people believe that intervention is effective and necessary, there are barriers to action.
  • The Bystander Effect is the tendency for people NOT to Step UP in situations when others are present.
  • Research has shown that 80% of people help when they are the lone bystander while only 20% of people are likely to help when other bystanders are present.

Step Up! Helps you understand why people stand by and what YOU can do become a more effective helper. The counseling center staff is excited to train the campus community in learning how to Step Up! and help fellow Trojans.

Peer Involvement and Mentoring

The counseling center staff works and collaborates with several student organizations, such as student government, and mental health advocacy groups on campus. Free Minds, NAMI, and Active Minds are student groups that raise awareness about mental health, decrease the stigma, and offer programming throughout the year. If you wish to get involved with these peer mental health groups please refer to their Facebook sites.

Counseling center staff meet with students associated with these organizations and others on a monthly basis in order to establish goals for the semester, discuss trends and current needs on campus, collaborate with programming, and enhance services at the counseling center where student voices are heard. Please contact Dr. Kelly Greco, Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention Services for more information on being involved in this area.

Awareness Weeks

The Counseling Center staff acknowledges and recognize awareness weeks in order to highlight, support, and educate the campus community about mental health topics. Our goal is to increase visibility, offer education, as well as connect with students outside of the Engemann Student Health Center. In doing this we have experienced reaching out to more students who in return have either come to the center for services, or incorporated the information disseminated to improve their psychological functioning. This can also help normalize and highlight common college mental health issues. Some of the awareness weeks we recognize are World Suicide Prevention day, Mental Health Awareness week, National Depression Screening Day, National Psychotherapy Day, World Kindness Day, and Eating Disorder Awareness week are some examples of these days or weeks recognized with programming, advertising, and collaboration with student groups.

Mentoring Programs

Some staff supervise mentoring programs for students. Use the following links to find out more about specific programs.
LGBT Peer Mentoring Program
Asian Pacific American Student Services PEER Mentoring


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