Moodr Health and WVJC Join Forces to Pioneer Mental Health Support in Nursing Education

  • April 22, 2024


Morgantown, WV, April 15th, 2024

Moodr Health and West Virginia Junior College (WVJC) have teamed up to launch a groundbreaking pilot program aimed at prioritizing mental health within nursing education. The program will debut at WVJC's Charleston campus, offering vital mental health support to the incoming cohort of 50 nursing students as they embark on their rigorous academic journey this spring.

Moodr Health is a trailblazing digital healthcare solution dedicated to proactively addressing, treating, and evaluating mental health challenges. Recognizing the demanding nature of the WVJC nursing curriculum, the partnership between Moodr Health and WVJC aims to set a new standard for mental health support in healthcare education across the state.

The majority of WVJC's student body comprises non-traditional adult learners, balancing academic pursuits with external responsibilities such as work and family obligations. This demographic faces unique stressors, particularly in the accelerated 18-month nursing program offered by WVJC, which condenses the content of traditional two-year programs.

Chad T. Callen, CEO of West Virginia Junior College, has been instrumental in advocating for student well-being and spearheading the integration of the Moodr platform into the nursing curriculum. He emphasizes the importance of holistic support for students, stating, “The accelerated nature of our nursing program at WVJC undoubtedly intensifies the inherent stresses of nursing school. Recognizing this, we've embarked on a strategic partnership with Moodr Health to introduce Life Coach Navigators for our students. This initiative is not just about navigating the rigorous demands of nursing school, but equally about managing life's challenges alongside. Our aim is clear: to enhance student success. Consequently, we anticipate this will lead to an increase in the number of qualified nurses ready to serve our hospitals and communities.”

Marsha Jamison, VP Chief Nursing Officer at Raleigh General Hospital, commends the collaboration between WVJC and Moodr Health, stating, "As a partner facility of the West Virginia Junior College nursing program, Raleigh General Hospital is excited about the innovative collaboration between WVJC and Moodr Health. Mental health is a crucial aspect of nursing education and practice, and we applaud WVJC's proactive approach in prioritizing the well-being of their students. The skills and resilience cultivated through this program will undoubtedly benefit our healthcare team at Raleigh General Hospital, and we look forward to welcoming these graduates as they embark on their careers in nursing." 

Michelle Hopkins, Chief Customer Success Officer at Moodr Health, expresses enthusiasm for the collaboration with WVJC, stating, "We are thrilled to partner with West Virginia Junior College to provide ongoing well-being support to their nursing students. At Moodr Health, we are committed to empowering individuals to prioritize their mental and emotional wellness, and this partnership allows us to extend our support to a dedicated group of future healthcare professionals. Together, we look forward to fostering a culture of resilience, compassion, and holistic well-being within the WVJC community."

WVJC was among the pioneering recipients of the Moodr Early Innovator Grant, designed to support initiatives aligned with Moodr Health's mission of proactive mental health support. This grant underscores WVJC's commitment to innovative approaches in addressing the evolving mental health needs of its students, particularly within the demanding context of nursing education.