FROM: Jerry Rinehart, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
RE: Mental Health Resources for Students
According to a recent survey, nearly half of all college students report feeling so depressed that they have trouble functioning,
and 15 percent meet the criteria for clinical depression. Untreated depression can lead to suicide, which is the second leading
cause of death among college students. Listed below are several University resources to assist students.
Students can access mental health services at:
The Mental Health Clinic at Boynton Health Service if they have paid the Student Services Fee
(http://www.bhs.umn.edu/services/mentalhealth.htm). The Mental Health Clinic provides phone and walk-in assessment on
an urgent basis, as well as scheduled medication evaluations and management, chemical health assessment and counseling,
and individual, couples, and group therapy. Additional resources for the management of stress are available through the
Health Promotion Department at Boynton Health Service.
University Counseling & Consulting Services (http://www.ucs.umn.edu/) provides confidential counseling programs with
professional counselors who can help students address academic stresses, personal and relationship concerns, or feelings of
anxiety or depression. Walk in counseling is available as is consultation for faculty and staff who are concerned about a student.
Disability Services (http://ds.umn.edu) provides assistance with academic accommodations for students with diagnosed,
severe, and persistent mental health conditions. Consultation and problem-solving regarding disability issues is available for
faculty, staff, and supervisors.
The "Assisting Students in Distress" (http://www.ucs.umn.edu/help/) website provides advice for faculty and staff to use
when assisting students who are experiencing distress due to a variety of issues.
The "Understanding Today's Student" (http://www.osa.umn.edu/resources/index.html) website contains a list of resources
for faculty and staff which provides advice for faculty and staff who encounter students who may be experiencing a variety of
mental health challenges, including depression.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/) provides a number of workshops and programs
which are designed to help teaching assistants and faculty to deal with a variety of classroom situations, including those related
to students who may have a mental illness or disability.