Physical and mental health are critical to success in school and on the job. As discussed elsewhere, physical and mental well-being are essential to good memory, time management, note-taking, attention, and a host of other tasks needed for top-notch academic and occupational performance.
The following questionnaire (based mostly on Walter and Siebert, 1993, p. 191) provides an assessment of physical and mental health considerations for students and employees. Questions may be modified or added to fit specific needs. It is important to provide follow-up to the assessment, so that specific concerns related to health may be addressed and additional information may be provided.
____ There are all kinds of pressures on me that I hadn't expected.
____ I have taken a realistic look at all the dangers I'm exposed to at college/work.
____ I know that feeling depressed and suicidal is normal for college students.
____ I can recognize signs of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
____ I realize that a regular routine of sleep and sleep is critical to maintaining physical and mental health.
____ I recognize the importance of having a balanced diet.
____ I know that young adults are frequently not honest with each other about possible exposure to AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
____ I can recognize the sophisticated techniques used by cults to recruit vulnerable college students.
____ I sometimes think of dropping out of school and going back home to live because life would be less of a hassle.
____ I can recognize behavior that constitutes sexual harassment, and I am familiar with my school's or employer's policy against sexual harassment.