Episode 22

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

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About this Episode

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.