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Mental Health at McMaster

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Professor Hippo-on-Campus: Student Mental Health Education Program for Educators and Navigators

 Professor Hippo-on-CampusWelcome! 

Why Professor Hippo-on-Campus?
Demand for student mental health support and services is increasing on post-secondary campuses in North America. Campuses must develop systems and processes to ensure students receive the attention, support and care that they need to thrive academically and personally. Building support and safety networks requires campus-wide engagement and culture shifts. At McMaster, we are committed to this endeavour.
Faculty and instructors (educators) and those who interact with, support and supervise McMaster students in many other ways (navigators) are integral to this process. They should not be expected to be mental health experts or counselors, but they are often ideally situated to recognize and respond to stressed and distressed students and to start important conversations and prevent unnecessary stress and distress. They must feel prepared and comfortable to address student needs in ways that are consistent with and appropriate to their roles.
The Professor Hippo-on-Campus program has been designed and tested to help accomplish these goals in an accessible and engaging format. You will learn a lot about what’s available and what to do to support student mental health. Let’s start talking about the hippo in the room – mental health!