Mental wellness

member development: mental wellness

Following the tragic loss of seven members over a three-year span from 2012 to 2014, Sigma Chi wanted to send a message to its members that their safety and welfare were top priorities.

Through a partnership with The Jed Foundation, whose mission is to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention measures, Sigma Chi unveiled the Lifeline program in memory of Zibilich, an undergraduate member of the Louisiana State chapter who tragically passed away in 2012.

Today, through the lead support of Keller’s parents Michael Zibilich, GEORGIA STATE 1970, and wife Gayle, the Sigma Chi Strong Arms curriculum serves as the Greek-letter world’s first dedicated learning resource addressing mental wellness and emotional health.

For its groundbreaking approach, the Strong Arms curriculum was awarded the 2019 Laurel Wreath Award for outstanding education within the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

Sigma Chi Strong Arms is assigned to all new members upon receiving a license on Sigma Chi Online and it should be completed within a new member’s first year within the Fraternity.

The first course of Strong Arms – Welcome to Strong Arms – can be found in the Commencement Course of Preparation for Brotherhood (P4B), while the other five courses will be completed either during or after pledgeship.

The Strong Arms education focuses on:

  1. Staying Connected and Spiritual
  2. The Importance of Self-Care
  3. Dealing with a Crisis
  4. Seeking Strong Arms and receiving help from others
  5. Encountering Challenges and using Resiliency

The reach out app

Beginning Fall 2019, Sigma Chi will offer the Reach Out Editions app to all its members to assist in times of need.

Reach Out Editions helps connect members of all communities who are in need to both in-house and community resources, such as helplines, counseling services, emergency responders, rape crisis centers, legal aid services and medical care providers. The college and university editions also focus on campus sexual misconduct, but can expand the scope to other areas such as substance abuse, depression, disabilities, identity issues, etc.

Because every organization, such as Sigma Chi, is unique, every edition is customized — but all editions empower users by putting actionable information at their fingertips. Reach Out enables you find the answers to questions such as: What are your rights? What are your options? Who can help you and how can they help? No registration is required. The app is 100 percent anonymous.

Sigma Chi wants to ensure its members and others have all the resources necessary in times of need, therefore the partnership with Reach Out became a major priority.

Reach Out is available for download in the app store for all Apple devices and in the Play Store for all Android devices.

More information on the app can be found at captivation.com. For more information on the Strong Arms, contact leadership.programs@sigmachi.org.