Intersections of Faculty and Student Mental Health

Have you had a student with a mental health issue in your post-secondary classroom? Have you taught an online course with a student experiencing mental health issues? What was your experience? Did you think about this student beyond regular class or office hours?

Does the mental health of students affect the well-being of academic staff and faculty within post-secondary institutions? Psychological well-being of therapists’, counsellors’, and first responders’ are all affected by the mental health for whom they provide service. Is it a stretch to consider the possibility that academic staff and faculty may also be affected by students with mental health issues?

Let’s explore these questions further.