In response to rising national awareness of the impact of mental health issues on students across higher education, President Monaco announced the launch of a university-wide task force dedicated to student mental health in the fall of 2016. The purpose of the Mental Health Task Force was to conduct a university-wide review and assessment of student mental health, wellness and holistic engagement, including the current student experience, the services offered, available resources and potential areas for additional collaboration and enhancement. The Mental Health Task Force shared a report of its findings and recommendations with the Tufts University community in October 2019.
As Tufts continues to monitor utilization trends, evolving student needs, and the regulatory landscape, the university’s focus must expand to include greater attention to a coordinated holistic community health approach in supporting student mental health. In pursuit of these efforts, President Monaco will convene a standing Student Mental Health Steering Committee that will serve as an ongoing structure to continue the work started by the Mental Health Task Force. The Steering Committee will comprise students, faculty, and staff. President Monaco will chair the Steering Committee.