Teaching Strategies

Mental Health and Wellness

Sample #1 

If you are feeling stressed or are having challenges managing your time, sleep, or substance use, the Center for Student Wellness has resources available to support you. Among other programs, they offer peer Wellness Coaching appointments to help you create an actionable plan to reach your wellness goals. Visit CSW’s website to schedule a meeting with a trained peer Wellness Coach, or to learn more about resources to help you prioritize your mind, body, and soul this semester. (provided by the Center for Student Wellness)

Sample #2

If you find yourself struggling with your mental or physical health this semester, please feel free to approach me. I will try to be flexible and accommodating. You can also find free, confidential mental health services at University Counseling Services by calling (617) 552-3310. (adapted from Northwestern University)

Sample #3

Life at college can get very complicated. Students sometimes feel overwhelmed, lost, experience anxiety or depression, struggle with relationship difficulties or diminished self- esteem. However, many of these issues can be effectively addressed with a little help. University Counseling Services (UCS) helps students cope with difficult emotions and life stressors. UCS is staffed by experienced, professional psychologists and counselors, who are attuned to the needs of college students. The services are free and completely confidential. Find out more at www.bc.edu/offices/counseling/or by calling (617) 552-3310.  (adapted from Illinois State University)

Sample #4

Diminished mental health, including significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of symptoms might be strictly related to your course work; if so, please speak with me. However, problems with relationships, family worries, loss, or a personal struggle or crisis can also contribute to decreased academic performance.

Boston College provides mental health services to support the academic success of students. University Counseling Services offers free, confidential psychological services to help you manage personal challenges that may threaten your well-being.

In the event I suspect you need additional support, I will express my concerns and the reasons for them, and remind you of resources (e.g., Counseling Services, Career Services, Dean of Students, etc.) that might be helpful to you.  It is not my intention to know the details of what might be bothering you, but simply to let you know I am concerned and that help, if needed, is available.

Getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do — for yourself and for those who care about you. (adapted from Ithaca College)