This resource is for faculty who would like to understand how they can interact with students in ways that respect the importance of tending to their mental health and well-being, and create relationships and systems that will serve us well in times of distress or crisis. It is also a guide for proactively thinking about individual and classroom responses when there is a tragedy on or off campus that affects us all.
In addition to this guide, Tufts offers an online education tool, called Kognito, that can help you learn to navigate mental health conversations. It is a 30 - 40 minute tutorial that you can repeat as often as you would like. It requires you to create an account the first time you log in.
Intentionally designing your course with some flexibility and building relationships with your students can support student mental health, improve learning, and strengthen our campus community. This resource offers some ideas for how you can signal to students that you care, you are approachable, and how your course design intends to support students.
Student stress, anxiety and depression levels have risen sharply overall in recent years, and are compounded when distressing events occur on campus or when national and international conflicts and crises occur. These events affect many of our students deeply, and we are called to notice and attend to the myriad ways they might respond to that distress. To prepare yourself for these inevitable moments, we have developed this resource to support you in responding sensitively and compassionately.