University of Minnesota

Student Mental Health

Twin Cities Campus

Faculty & Staff

Assisting Students in Distress

Written guidelines

Includes general principles for recognizing signs of distress in students, talking with students about yours concerns, and making appropriate referrals.

Interactive Training module: Student Mental Health

Supplements the written guidelines by providing actual practice in faculty-student dialogs and making mental health referrals.

  1. General mental health concerns: Student Counseling Services 612-624-3323
  2. Potential risk for harm to self or others: Behavioral Consultation Team 612-626-3030
  3. Immediate risk to self or others: 911.
University Community Response Team

Provides supportive services to groups of students affected by traumatic events.

Recommended Mental Health and Stress Management Syllabus Statement

The purpose of this statement is to highlight the University of Minnesota’s commitment to student mental health and to connect students with appropriate campus resources. Download Mental Health and Stress Management Syllabus Statement Download PDF.

Schedule Faculty and Staff Training for your Department or Unit!

This 90 minute interactive training session will highlight the state of mental health issues on campus, and provide practical language and concrete steps that faculty and staff members can utilize to assist students experiencing mental health related issues. Presenters will also identify existing campus resources that support faculty and staff in responding to students.

Contact Emily O’Hara, LICSW, Office for Student Affairs Care Manager, (612-625-2517), to schedule a training or for more information. See training details: Responding to Students in Distress: The 4R’s.

Joint Task Force Report on Student Mental Health

The Provost Joint Task Force has developed recommendations to help instructors, units, and University leaders address student mental health needs as they arise in academic settings. The following documents report their findings:

Full Joint Task Force Report - Updated Septmeber 2017 Download PDF
Recommendations on roles and proactive measures Download PDF
Recommendations specific to instructors Download PDF
One page report synopsis Download PDF

Additional Resources

Employee Assistance Program External Link
Mental Health Information and Resources for Faculty and Staff Download PDF
Student Veterans Speak Out (Video) External Link

Twin Cities Campus: