University of Minnesota

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.

Inquire about Scheduling a Faculty or Staff Training for your Department or Unit

Customized training sessions are available for faculty and staff interested in learning more about practical strategies for responding to students experiencing mental health concerns. Additional training details can be found here.

Contact Matt Hanson, PhD, LP, Assistant Director of the Boynton Mental Health Clinic (612-624-1444, for questions on availability and scheduling.

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: