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Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Central to Vanderbilt’s mission are our commitments to equality, compassion, leadership, and service to the community and society at large. In order to prepare and educate our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and transform the world, we must first offer them every opportunity not just to survive, but to thrive. Similarly, ensuring that Vanderbilt remains a leader in offering solutions to the challenges of a transforming world requires that we create an environment for faculty and staff that is truly conducive to creativity, bold innovation, uncharted discovery, and transformative teaching. To be sure, there is a breadth of meaning to “mental health and well-being,” including prevention, the continuum of care, overcoming stigma, and the role that cultural identity and other factors play in access to care. It is the responsibility of every person at Vanderbilt to ensure the health and safety of our community, and mental well-being is central to the success of all. In order to truly care for our whole of our community—incredible students, talented faculty, and the remarkable staffwho play a vital role in all that we do—we must bolster our efforts to create a nurturing environment with easily accessible resources that promote positive mental health and wellness for all members of this extraordinary academic community.

I have empaneled the Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee on Mental Health and Wellbeing to create a holistic and inclusive approach to the support of mental health and well-being across campus by providing a comprehensive review of existing campus resources and programs, recommending needed changes, and paying special attention to reducing stigma for support-seeking within the campus community. Only through honest, brave dialogue and self-examination can we maintain the highest standards in research and resources and also begin to create a culture of openness that fosters success for all at Vanderbilt.