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Student Mental Health

Twin Cities Campus

The Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health

The Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health was established in 2005 by Provost E. Thomas Sullivan in response to compelling findings from a national grant completed by the University of Minnesota, Disability Resource Center; The Needs Assessment Project: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities for College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities. Provost Sullivan identified crucial University stakeholders that should be represented on the committee and presented the committee with the following charge:

  • Raise awareness about issues related to student mental health
  • Effect policy change
  • Improve conditions on our campus for students with mental health conditions
  • Serve as a model of collaboration for our campus and other universities

The committee has been co-chaired by Barbara Blacklock (black005@umn.edu), MA, LISW, and Betty Benson, PhD, from Disability Resource Center, until Dr. Benson's retirement in January 2012. At that time, Michelle Trotter-Mathison PhD, LP, a psychologist and Assistant Director of Boynton Mental Health assumed the co-chair role. When Dr. Trotter-Mathison left the University in September 2016, Matthew Hanson, PhD, LP, a psychologist and the Assistant Director of Boynton Mental Health assumed the co-chair role. The offices represented by several of the committee members have provided significant in-kind contributions to support the committee’s accomplishments.

This website was developed by the Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health to provide mental health information and resources related to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, for students, their parents, faculty, and staff.

Provost Karen Hanson reconfirmed the Committee's charge in November 2013.

About Student Mental Health

Student Mental Health Overview video. Click the CC button on the video player to turn on/off closed captioning.
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