Vanderbilt’s mission is defined and inspired by our commitment to equality, compassion, leadership, and service to the community and society at large. To educate and empower our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform the world, we must also prepare them to face adversity, develop coping skills and build resiliency. We are committed to nurturing an environment that harnesses the power of our academic community and research discovery breakthroughs to promote mental health and well-being. Prevention, the continuum of care, overcoming stigma, and the role that cultural identity and other factors play in access to care play vital roles in guiding our goal of building models and programs that are best in class. Based on the knowledge that mental well-being is central to the success of all, we are bolstering our efforts to provide easily accessible resources that promote positive mental health and wellness for our incredible students, talented faculty, and remarkable staff.
The Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee on Mental Health and Wellbeing was created and its members charged to make recommendations for developing a holistic and inclusive approach that includes providing a comprehensive review of existing campus resources and programs, identifying needed changes, and 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 within a culture of openness that fosters success for all at Vanderbilt.