Faculty Supporting Students: How to Help Them
How has the last year impacted faculty interaction and support of students? Many faculty are reporting an increase in student needing assistance with mental health issues and more. How can we help faculty who are often a gatekeeper to resources? Learn more here. "Maybe more than ever, faculty members are talking to students about mental health. Professors feel a responsibility toward students who are suffering and would welcome better -- even mandatory -- training on the topic, according to a COVID-19-era report from Boston University’s School of Public Health, the Mary Christie Foundation and the Healthy Minds Network. Given the importance of faculty and the frequency of faculty-student interactions, Cawley said, mental health literacy training, or gatekeeper training, should be mandatory for all professors. This sends the "message that an institution recognizes the key role that faculty play -- and that many students will approach a professor for advice or support before going to traditional support services."