Reed: In the classroom, mental illness is no longer private

February 10, 2019

“Student mental health is often treated as a private issue,” writes Matt Reed. “But when it spills over into the classroom, it becomes more than that.” The author describes a moment in which a student experienced acute mental distress in the classroom, and adds that few to no professors are trained to deal with such an incident effectively. “In the moment, most professors improvise as best they can,” says Reed, but the reality is that schools should either provide instructors with better training for such scenarios, or make emergency mental health personnel available on an on-call basis. The author then returns to the question of how institutions can best prepare faculty to effectively handle mental health crises in the classroom. Inside Higher Ed (International)