The Role of Faculty in Campus Mental Health

The Role of Faculty in Campus Mental Health, a new collaborative research project between Boston University School of Public Health, the Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, seeks to better understand how faculty are addressing student behavioral health issues. Launching in fall 2020, this first-of-its-kind survey will examine faculty perceptions and beliefs as they pertain to student behavioral health, and identify challenges and opportunities that exist with respect to recognizing and responding to student needs. The survey will capture disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including distance learning and presumed higher levels of anxiety and isolation. This online survey, developed with input from a national panel of experts, is completely confidential and will take no longer than 10 minutes for faculty to complete. 

While not all college students face mental health disorders, ALL students have mental health. College offers both an opportunity and a reason to learn to take care of it. Faculty can play an important role in creating learning environments that support health and well-being, decrease anxiety, increase learning, and encourage seeking help when needed.

Sara Abelson, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects Lead, Healthy Minds Network