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Faculty and their Role in Student Mental Health

Published: Sep 15, 2022

Content from AAVMC

As higher education and the role of educators has evolved over time, more and more faculty have found themselves in positions where they have needed to navigate student mental health concerns.

The needs and concerns of students can vary from disclosing a diagnosis for accommodations or needing time to access mental health appointments to experiencing mental health distress or crisis.

Faculty and advisors are often individuals that students may first reach out to or engage with. While for many faculty this may be an unfamiliar conversation to have with students, there are resources to help them be compassionate, inclusive, and still establish boundaries with students that reinforces their primary role as educators.


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