A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.
Ep. 22 Supporting Students with Serious Mental Illness in College: Discussing Life-changing Policies and Programs with Dr. Dori Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University.
July 21st, 2021 | 25 mins 27 secs
Dr. Dori Hutchinson, Executive Director of Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, discusses how colleges and universities can vastly improve their support for students with serious mental health conditions, from supported education, to improved access to accommodations, to more flexible policies on leaves of absence and re-entry. Dr. Hutchinson describes working with students in the NITEO program, which helps students on leave build resilience and avoid shame with an 84% success rate of returning to campus. The pandemic, Hutchinson says, has produced an opportunity for college administrators to offer more supportive options for students with serious mental illness.
Ep. 21 The Good that Came Out of it: The Pandemic’s effect on Student Resilience, Telehealth, and the Value of Increased Focus on Mental Health
June 23rd, 2021 | 27 mins 43 secs
Dr. Jill Grimes, a family physician, clinical instructor for UMass Medical School and author of “The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook” and Jill Henry, a high school teacher, award-winning cross-country coach, and co-author of the book - “The Greatest College Health Guide You Never Knew You Needed” recently co-wrote an op-ed that was published in the Hechinger Report called “The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience.” The authors and experts came on the Quadcast to discuss pandemic silver linings - increased resilience, discussion of mental health and appreciation for healthy extracurriculars among teens and young adults.
Ep. 20 UVA’s Dr. Michael Gerard Mason on New Norms for Student Mental Health and the Necessity for Remembering Race in America Long After 2020
June 9th, 2021 | 20 mins 31 secs
Michael Gerard Mason, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC, is the Associate Dean of African American Affairs, Director of the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center at the University of Virginia, and expert advisor to The Steve Fund. He spoke with us about his ground-breaking work on the mental health of Black students at UVA with lessons learned for all schools post-pandemic; how the pandemic changed caretaking norms on campus; and the inflection point that now exists for how we respond to racial disparities in this country.
Ep. 19 Community College President Pam Eddinger on What the Pandemic Exposed and the Promise of “A Just Recovery.”
May 26th, 2021 | 18 mins
We continue our series on College Presidents and Covid-19 with Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College in Boston who described how the events of this past year have shone light on decades-long disinvestment in the social networks that are critical to community college students’ success; and how a “just recovery” could impact their mental health and wellbeing in preventative, sustainable ways.
May 18th, 2021 | 18 mins 57 secs
We spoke with Jared Fenton, founder and Executive Director of the Reflect Organization, a non-profit dedicated to empowering college students to foster a culture of authenticity, self-love, and allyship on campus. Fenton describes his organization’s work and how it came to be, the Penn Face phenomenon, and his focus on providing “One Caring Person” for college students nationwide.
April 21st, 2021 | 18 mins 47 secs
We continue our series on college presidents’ during this unprecedented time with an interview with Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Frederick who spoke to us about what life has been like at the DC-based HBCU, his students’ resilience, what to look forward to, and what to look out for.
April 7th, 2021 | 25 mins 22 secs
A discussion about the results and implications of the just-released Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health survey. The survey explores faculty members’ perspectives on the state of student mental and behavioral health and their role as gatekeepers. Our guests are Sarah K. Lipson, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study and Assistant Professor of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health; and Zoe Ragouzeos, PhD, Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University and Mary Christie Foundation President. Drs. Lipson and Ragouzeos walk through the survey findings and explain what steps faculty and college administrators can take to improve student wellbeing. You can find the report here: https://marychristiefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/The-Role-of-Faculty-in-Student-Mental-Health.pdf
Tomorrow (4/8) at 1:00pm, a webinar presentation will dive further into the findings with a panel discussion on the important implications for programs, prevention strategies, and campus policy. Register for the event here: https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/mcf/conferences
March 17th, 2021 | 26 mins 27 secs
Connie Book, PhD., ME, talks about the disruption of the last year and how Elon continues to address the health and wellbeing of students and staff at the North Carolina university.
March 2nd, 2021 | 23 mins 31 secs
Dr. Brian Mitra, the Vice President for Student Affairs at Kingsborough Community College, and advisor to the JED Foundation, speaks with us about the mental health and wellbeing of this student population before, during and after COVID-19.
February 16th, 2021 | 31 mins 46 secs
President Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD, leverages his public heath experience to safeguard student health and wellness during these extraordinary times.
February 2nd, 2021 | 30 mins 12 secs
The topic this week is students taking the lead in creating change in college mental health. We spoke with Laura Horne, Chief Program Officer of Active Minds, a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students, as well as two current college students – Raisa Alam, Senior Advisor at the Columbia University Chapter of Active Minds, and Kama Sharma, Active Minds Chapter President at the University of Pittsburg. Launched this fall, the Active Minds Your Voice is Your Power campaign called on mental health advocates to help establish a campus culture of caring and support for BIPOC students. Laura, Kama and Raisa discussed the campaign, the initiatives undertaken by chapters this fall, and the challenges of grassroots advocacy.
January 19th, 2021 | 11 mins 55 secs
Hollie Chessman, Director of Research at the American Council on Education joins us to discuss the Pulse Point survey series, presidents’ growing concern for mental health, and strategies for addressing the student mental health crisis during COVID and beyond.