A lot has happened since the launch of MindHandHeart in September 2015!
- The Initiative has engaged over 150 volunteers (students, faculty and staff) through its working groups and initial steering committee.
- Using the JED Campus Program Framework, the MHH working groups presented ideas to senior leadership on how to impact MIT in JED’s 9 framework areas.
- The Innovation Fund has supported 57 projects aimed at improving mental health and well-being on campus in creative ways, including Random Acts of Kindness Week (#MITRAK), MIT Puppy Lab, “Tell Me About Your Day” (TMAYD), Slow-Looking Art Workshops at the List Center, Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), MIT Connect, and My Sister’s Keeper.
- Student officers of the UA and GSC, the MHH Help-Seeking Working Group, and communications officers in DUE, DSL, ODGE, MIT Medical, and the Chancellor’s Office worked together to revamp the Student Resources website (resources.mit.edu/support), a one-stop inventory of services available to MIT students.
- Through the Initiative, MIT offered workshops and training for responding to students in distress, including an online training that was completed by all incoming first-year students.
- MHH worked with the UA and Campus Facilities to install rooftop signs encouraging help-seeking via 800-273-TALK, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Since the launch, other campus partners have also been active in shaping a positive culture around mental health and well-being at MIT:
- In September 2015, Chancellor Barnhart and MIT Medical Director Kettyle announced more counseling and support options, including:
- New mental health and counseling and student support staff.
- A centrally-located Mental Health and Counseling drop-in consultation site located in Building 8-316 and open Tuesday-Friday, 1-3 p.m.
- Expanded Student Support Services (S3) walk-in hours; Students can stop by without an appointment every weekday between 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
- A new online appointment request form on MIT Medical's website.
- Systems to make it easier to access an off-campus local provider.
- More peer counseling resources available, including 32 additional students trained by the "Peer Ears" program and the launch of Peer2Peer, an anonymous, MIT online peer support service.
- Key student support organizations within DSL underwent a strategic realignment to enhance and better coordinate the already strong network of student support services.
- In response to student concerns, MIT’s Good Samaritan Amnesty Policy was amended to include prohibited substances in an effort to reduce barriers to help-seeking.
- Chancellor Barnhart announced changes to the undergraduate withdrawal and readmission policies aimed to make the policies clearer, easier to navigate, and more supportive.
- Chancellor Barnhart and Medical Director Stuopis established a committee to review MIT’s medical leave and hospitalization practices and policies for undergraduate and graduate students.
- MindHandHeart created an annual report documenting our work in AY16-17.