A Statement from the FSAO – May 18, 2022

The tragedy and depravity of the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California are hard to endure. You may find yourself experiencing a range of responses including sadness, anger, anxiety, and detachment.

These events are a stark reminder of the threat and fear experienced by so many of our colleagues. We at the FSAO recognize that BIPOC employees have unique needs often related to racialized trauma and stress and that recent events may further exacerbate both. If you need support, please reach out to us. Our counselors are trained in trauma informed practices and are sensitive to the experience of BIPOC faculty and staff.  You will find additional information on the Resources page on our website to find support locally and nationally.


The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAO) is a resource where you and your immediate family members can find help. We recognize that the people who work in our community have personal lives outside the workplace. Finding success and happiness in both areas is important to your well-being. Our licensed behavioral health providers offer free and confidential consultation, short-term counseling, and referrals to community resources for a wide range of personal and work-related challenges. We also offer resources and programs to promote personal resilience and well-being. Please explore our website and Twitter Feed for more information about these.

If you have questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us via our Contact Form or by phone at 617-353-5381. Our office is open Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  If you are in crisis and need assistance outside of those hours, please call 911 or contact a Crisis Resources.

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Mental Health Self-Assessments

Would you like immediate, private feedback on your mental health and well-being?  Boston University is offering an online self-assessment service to help you evaluate whether you might have a mental health condition and could benefit from professional help.  The anonymous screenings provide confidential computer-generated results and recommendations including resources for support and assistance.

Screenings are available for general well-being as well as the following common mental health conditions:

      • Adult and Adolescent Depression
      • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
      • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
      • Eating Disorders
      • Substance Use
      • Gambling
      • Bipolar Disorder

Please note the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office does not manage or monitor these screens.  Nobody at BU will have access to your results or any identifying information for those who use the self-assessments.  You can access the Mental Health Self-Assessments here.

You might also consider scheduling a Mental Health Checkup with a counselor at the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office. Like an annual physical exam with your pcp, this is an evaluation of your mental health by a licensed mental health professional who can help you determine whether to seek mental health treatment. Sign up here for a Mental Health Checkup.

Our Diversity Statement

The Boston University Faculty and Staff Assistance Office strives to promote positive mental health to our faculty and staff whilst celebrating and respecting the diverse and vibrant community at Boston University.  As such, we provide high quality, comprehensive and culturally responsive behavioral health and consultation services.

We acknowledge and respect the race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability of all.

We actively seek to expand choice, opportunity and access to behavioral health services, with special regard for those with marginalized identities.

We remain committed to serving our richly diverse faculty and staff community so they may in turn support the University and its commitment to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals to live, adapt and lead in our increasingly interconnected and diverse world.

University Diversity Statement | Diversity & Inclusion (bu.edu)

Confidentiality Policy

The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office maintains complete confidentiality with the following exceptions:  Suspected child or elder abuse or neglect will be reported to the appropriate agency; confidentiality is suspended when there is a clear threat against an identified victim, including self; confidentiality can also be suspended when someone signs a “Release of Information.”

Our office maintains the highest of ethical standards in compliance with the National Association of Social Work, the American Psychological Association and HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of privacy regulations.