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.
Listening and communicating with students
Knowing when to be concerned
What to do when a student is displaying behaviors that may interfere with their success or disrupts learning. And how to find help with referring them to campus resources.
Talking to students about concerns
Students in crisis or who are exhibiting concerning or worrying behaviors often need additional attention in order to ensure they are safe, the community is safe, and that they can continue to be successful while at UW-Madison.
Healthy Academics Instructional Toolkit
Driven by UW–Madison student health and well-being indicators, this Healthy Academics Instructional Toolkit offers evidence-based strategies and campus resources for faculty and instructors across campus.
Campus resources for students
University Health Services (UHS)
You can learn more about free, confidential mental health services at UHS by calling 608-265-5600 and selecting Opt. 2
DoSo Student Assistance
Drop-in staff are available daily at the Dean of Students Office to support students and answer questions. To learn more about the Dean of Students Office, please call 608-263-5700 or visit the Student Assistance page.