SMHL are student leaders who work collaboratively with the Wellness Proctors/Tutors, and other student groups to promote a supportive student community at Harvard. Liaisons educate, raise awareness, and engage in House and Freshman Yard community programs in order to help our community (students, residential and administration staff, faculty) better understand the issues of emotional wellbeing, early recognition of students in distress, treatment effectiveness, treatment options, and to promote emotional support in the community.
Student Mental Health Liaisons (SMHL)
Student Mental Health Liaisons (SMHL) was founded in 2008 by the UHS Department of Behavioral Health and Academic Counseling (BHAC) and students to reach students in a non-threatening environment, engage them in the ongoing effort to promote a community that attends to the emotional wellbeing of students, and to provide factual information oriented to and delivered by students. Paul Barreira, formerly the director of BHAC and currently the director of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), is our group’s adviser.
History of our website
Harvardsmhl.org was founded in fall 2010 by Seth Riddley, an undergraduate from South Carolina. Riddley began the project as a part of the Harvard Student Mental Health Liaisons (SMHL) in order to create a community blog and portal for mental health information on campus and other resources. Within weeks, the website became one of the most visited on campus, covered in The Crimson and Flyby Blog. The site seeks to unite and increase the amount of interaction between the many organizations on campus focused on mental health and wellness, including University Health Services, The Center for Wellness, and all of the peer counseling and peer education groups. Harvardsmhl.org hopes to be a means to de-stigmatize mental health and to provide a positive light to the subject.
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