Supporting mental health of students

Ways to support and open a dialogue with students that may be struggling with mental health or know someone who is, including statements for your syllabus.

A simple place to start is to include a brief statement in course syllabi. By including a statement such as the example below, you can promote help-seeking behaviors, support campus-wide suicide prevention efforts, and demonstrate a culture of caring. Additionally, this statement can provide a reminder to students that resources do exist and are available to help support them.

Example Syllabus Statement

As a student, you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning. These might include strained relationships, anxiety, high levels of stress, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, and/or loss of motivation.

It is important to be aware that services exist on campus to support students who find themselves in these situations. There are several avenues for support, including: University Health Services and the Dean of Students Office.