“Kent State University is committed to a culture of care for all who live, learn, and work here. As a part of this commitment, the health and wellbeing of our students is paramount to our success. Mental health is a top public health issue facing Kent State students and each campus in the system is committed to actively addressing a wide range of mental health concerns. In order to ensure alignment and coordination of our efforts, a strategy must be developed that provides a framework for understanding our long-term goals for mental health prevention, training, and response and what resources should be deployed to support our work.”
- Dr. Lamar Hylton, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President
Division of Student Affairs
In September 2019, Dr. Hylton charged a steering committee to develop a comprehensive, sustainable, and innovation framework and strategic plan to address student mental health at Kent State University. In addition to the the Steering Committee, a large Vision Committee were created to reflect on the state of student mental health and develop a framework for change. Both committees consisted of representatives from across the university and included students, faculty, and staff from various academic and service departments as well as campuses and locations. The steering committee engaged in regular meetings throughout Fall 2019 and into Spring 2020 to guide the work in this area. This work was further informed by a day-long vision committee retreat (12/2019), half-day vision committee retreat follow-up (1/2020), and a student and staff survey (11/2019), Based on these discussions and data, tThe Kent State University student mental health framework and associated “Student Mental Well-Being at Kent State University: Looking into a Future Promoting Student Success” was created in February 2020.
With strong support from undergraduate and graduate student leaders, as well as the support of President Todd Diacon, Kent State University is moving forward to innovatively connect students with mental health resources across and throughout their student experience.
This website is dedicated to keeping the Kent State University community updated on the progress we are making.