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  1. Mental health and making the wellbeing of every terrier a priority has been sorely lacking at BU.
    Students are turned away when calling for others in crisis, students are not given appts at BU because they are too swamped and there is no adherence to finding at risk students and offering support through RAs, counselors, faculty and staff . So many are referred out to a city which is already swamped with mental health needs due to the pandemic. Where is the prevention? Where is the mental health campaign on campus? Where is the postvention agter suicides and suicide attempts? Dr.Platt as Director of Health Services is phenomenal but where is the Director and support staff needed for Behavioral Health and following the JED foundation protocols ( of which BU proudly states it is a member) on campaign wide support for mental fitness, reducing stigma of getting help, and having enough resources when help is needed? I myself have had to perform crisis intervention with families lost due to the way BU has handled or not handled mental health crisis. I run a parent group called BU Parents United where we share at least weekly the importance of focusing on wellbeing and self care pandemic or not. We raised the alarm bells last year and yet supports are not in place they way they need to be. How much is one terrier’s life worth? As a crisis counselor, we made so many suggestions and shared ideas from talent at BU’s own School of Public Health. There is so much to be done and BU could be a leader here but the monies are not being spent to spread the positive messages of support, to hire enough counselors and workshop leaders, to facilitate easier crisis intervention and postvention. At 73,000+ per year, isn’t the emotional wellbeing and physical safety of our terriers the most important? Without this, academics are affected. Without this, even donations are affected. Invest in our students and their wellbeing and do not place it all on the shoulders of one dedicated and overworked professional. Hire the staff and supports needed as if lives were at stake because they are.

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