Your Source for Wellness at Harvard
Student Mental Health Liaisons 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) 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.