University of Minnesota

The Provost's Council for Student Mental Health

Mental health is a top public health issue facing University of Minnesota students and each campus in the system is committed to actively addressing a wide range of mental health concerns. On the Twin Cities campus, a group charged by the Executive Vice President and Provost leads campus-wide efforts on this issue. The Provost’s Council for Student Mental Health (PCSMH) consists of five committees:

  • Faculty and Instructors;
  • Communications;
  • Research and Surveys;
  • Direct Service Provision; and
  • Prevention, Wellness, and Training.

A Coordination Team (composed of chairs and co-chairs of the five committees) facilitates communication between committees and with the Provost’s office. The Council is representative of many campus units and departments working on related topics, and aims to: 1) raise awareness about issues related to student mental health, 2) effect policy change, 3) improve conditions on campus for students with mental health conditions, and to 4) serve as a model of collaboration for the campus and other universities.

A central, online resource hub——is student-focused but contains helpful information for all members of the University community.

The council was previously called the Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health and was established in 2005 by then Provost E. Thomas Sullivan. The Committee’s activities were specifically cited as a major reason that the University of Minnesota Twin Cities received one of five inaugural Healthy Campus Awards by the national organization, Active Minds in 2015. Also in 2015, the Committee achieved the Jed/Clinton Foundation Campus Program Membership Seal.

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