Message on student safety and well-being

Northwestern Now: Summaries

The following message was sent to Northwestern students from Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin.Your safety and well-being are our top priorities at Northwestern. To further bolster our ongoing commitment, Student Affairs is announcing that two new staff members have been approved to be hired within Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). They will provide clinical support services within CAPS and do suicide screenings within the Northwestern University Health Services (NUHS). Additionally, a campus-wide task force focusing on your well-being has been created and is scheduled to meet in January. These new initiatives are being made in addition to the seven new counselors we have added in recent years, the creation of the Student Assistance and Support Services in the Dean of Students Office and the many other resources available, which are listed in several places, including a recent article on Northwestern Now.The two new positions, developed and approved by senior leadership at the University, represent a novel approach to emerging, proven practices. The initiative is tailored to the Northwestern environment and student experience. The two positions, housed in CAPS but overseen by CAPS and UHS, represent a model of rapid response in CAPS for mental-health crisis screening. This collaborative approach of medical and mental healthcare responds holistically to you.I share your concerns about the need for the University to respond to the fullest extent possible to issues surrounding students who may be struggling, and we have worked diligently and deliberately to do so. The issues of student health and well-being are of the utmost concern for me and the entire Northwestern community. While we will continue to focus our attention, care and resources on these critical issues, we need you to seek help when you begin to feel you are not coping as you once did. We know that early understanding and intervention often make a …

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