Welcome! Looking for a fun way to improve wellness and positive mental health for your group? Explore our variety of guides and host your own positive, mental health focused meeting or event. Whether you’re involved in Greek life, a student leader, club president, or RA, you can use these guides to facilitate your own programs.
Dam Good Growth (DGG) and Mental Health in Minutes (MHiM) are CAPS mental health engagement programs that work to provide OSU students, faculty, and staff with a variety of guided activities aimed towards self-care and personal growth. With these programs, you can explore topics in positive psychology, self-care, growth, and relationships through group activities. Mental Health in Minutes is a great way to start a meeting, while DGG takes a little longer and is more in depth. The image below illustrates differences and similarities bewteen the two.
Mental Health in Minutes are short activities and discussion prompts that are intended to take about 10 minutes to complete. These are great for the start of class, a meeting icebreaker, or a component of a larger event. These guides can also be read like a script and have brief sections on education, activity, discussion/reflection, and resources.
Access the materials by scrolling down to the PERMA section and clicking on each letter.
DGG Facilitation Guides consist of two parts: the facilitation guide and bulletin board materials. Each guide/board materials correspond to a letter of the PERMA model. Read each section below to determine the combination materials best suits your needs, then access them by scrolling further down the page to the PERMA information.
If you are looking for a group activity that encourages and spreads mental health awareness, the DGG facilitation guide is a great place to start. This guide works well for clubs, resident assistants/residence halls, and other groups on campus. Additionally, the guides work for both groups that know each other and groups that don’t. The guide includes everything a facilitator will need to lead the activity, including a script, relevant psychoeducational topics to read out loud, options for an interactive group activity, and reflection questions.
Bulletin Board Materials
The other half of the DGG Guides consist of bulletin board materials. These are a variety of educational and interactive posters that can be posted on boards within departments, residence halls, and other buildings as desired. These materials can be used independently or alongside the facilitation guide. Each set of board materials corresponds with the topics in each of the guides, so there are no discrepancies between them.
Both programs are based on the PERMA Theory of Well-being, which was created to help people flourish in their lives.
Each letter from PERMA stands for one aspect of well-being.
Learn more about the PERMA model from Penn Positive Psychology here.