Faculty supporting student wellbeing and mental health

In this post we are sharing a Faculty resource for creating a culture of caring: Practical Approaches to Support Student Wellbeing and Mental Health (a brochure created by Active Minds).

Here are some of the key recommendations and takeaways:

  1. Normalize the need for help
  2. Be sure to include an appropriate and kind syllabus statement (to ensure that all students have the resources they need)
  3. Be aware of warning signs (missing classes, repeated need for extensions, lack of responsiveness, statements about being stressed or overwhelmed)
  4. Actively listen with Validate – Appreciate –  and Refer (V-A-R)
  5. If you are concerned about a student, consider reaching to campus mental health professionals or Campus CARE team.
  6. Embed courses with wellbeing practices: encourage enough sleep, mindful moments, assign self-care homework prompts, address major events in the world/on campus through supportive discussions.
  7. Remember to practice your own self-care (set boundaries, say ‘no’ when needed)


  • Senior Student Advocate and Care Coordinator, Martha Cedarholm:   mcedarho@pratt.edu
  • Pratt’s Counseling Center is available by phone at 718.687.5356 and email at therapy@pratt.edu. While the Center’s physical location is closed, video sessions are being offered through a secure platform.
  • Pratt Health Services at 718.399.4542

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