Johns Hopkins University places the utmost importance on the wellness of our students, which is fundamental to both academic and personal growth. We strive to foster an environment that empowers students to address their unique mental health and wellness needs, increases awareness about available supports, and offers an open dialogue about mental health. In 2016, encouraged by student leaders, President Ronald J. Daniels committed to conduct a thorough review of the factors having an impact on the well-being of students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
In response, the Task Force on Student Mental Health and Well-being was convened in March 2016 to assess the current state of mental health resources available to students, review current research on effective strategies for mental health promotion, and make recommendations on how the university can better support the mental health needs of our students.
The Task Force, composed of 28 faculty, staff, and students from across the university, met regularly and received input from more than 2,300 students through its September 2016 mental health survey and through numerous listening sessions. The Task Force published a draft set of recommendations in May 2017 to solicit additional feedback from the community.
After a thorough analysis of available research and incorporating comments from students across the university, the Task Force has published its final report. Please click here to read the report for more details about the Task Force’s methods and recommended actions.
Since the final Task Force report was published in 2018, a universitywide effort has bolstered staffing, trainings, and programming that help respond to the varied needs of our student population. Please click here or view the PDF embedded on this page to learn more about the university’s ongoing work to implement recommendations from the Task Force through the summer of 2021.