Helping Ontario's colleges and universities enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being

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Supporting Students: A model policy for colleges and universities

The Bazelon Center offers this model policy to help American colleges and universities navigate complex issues and develop a nondiscriminatory approach to a student who is in crisis because of a mental health problem. The model was developed after consultation with mental health experts, higher education administrators, counselors and students. It is a collection of best practices that all colleges and universities can and should adopt. It places particular emphasis on how to deal fairly and non-punitively with students in crisis, and how to support those whose mental health problems may be interfering with their academic, extracurricular or social lives.

The mission of The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities. 

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