At VMA, we believe that students' mental health is as important as their physical health. As blooming world citizens and leaders, students should not only have outstanding academic achievements and professional skills, but also possess resilience and be aware of their mental state. A student with solid mental health should be able to balance their academics and extra-curricular activities well, so that they can enjoy and flourish in both their social and academic life.
Life is not always a box of chocolates. Difficulties and setbacks tend to occur often times in our life. When they happen, accepting our emotions and talking to trustworthy people is extremely helpful in making sure that we don’t just cave in. As such, our school psychologists will always be there for those who are having a hard time. If students need company to talk to someone about their setbacks, they are always welcome to speak with our licensed school psychologists at the Student Wellness Center (SWC), from which one-to-one psychological counseling sessions can be arranged.
We believe it's the utmost importance for us to maintain or improve the mental health of our students. Positive psychological traits are helpful in enhancing our happiness and overcoming negative emotions and pressures within our school. Based on different student’s personalities and character, school psychologists will conduct different activities each month. These activities integrate some psychology learning points into fun and interesting activities, so that students can relieve pressure, cultivate positive psychological traits and improve their resilience.
Within the VMA community, we believe that developing an awareness of mental health is crucial and that that all members of VMA should participate in creating a positive environment for everyone to be part of. Therefore, it is necessary to have VMA educators possess relevant knowledge of positive psychology. School psychologists will provide mental health trainings frequently for teachers, mentors, dorm teachers, student organizations and other community members to illustrate relevant mental health awareness. Early warning signals of students' mental health is important, so that the community can become a support network if support is needed.