As campus teams that identify and monitor students whose behaviors may be troubling have become more widespread, the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) recognized the need for a resource that would help both existing and new teams make informed decisions about their structure, scope, functions, and day-to-day operations. Therefore, HEMHA has produced Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams to meet these needs.
This guide summarizes the existing literature on campus teams and suggests some of the key issues that should be considered when creating or managing a campus team. The guide may be particularly useful to new teams considering various options for how they should be organized and led; it should also be helpful to existing teams interested in assessing their current functions, operations, or emphases.
ACCA is a charter member of HEMHA, a partnership of organizations dedicated to advancing college mental health envisioned and formed in September 2008, under the leadership of the American College Health Association (ACHA). The alliance affirms that the issue of college mental health is central to student success, and therefore is the responsibility of higher education. The production of this valuable and relevant resource demonstrates the true value of such an alliance.