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Mental Health

The Harvard community is exploring how mental health is impacted by factors like our jobs, our environment, our physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Please reach out to our student and employee University mental health resources if needed.

Mental health in an unequal world

World Mental Heath Day is acknowledged each year on October 10. This year’s theme is mental health in an unequal world and will highlight the inequities people face because of factors like race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and the impact this has on mental health.

Learn more about addressing inequity with our “Unequal” series on race and inequality across the United States.


Harvard Chan’s David R. Williams, whose research looks at how discrimination affects Black people’s health

Unjust police killings damage the mental health of Black Americans

Research tracks the ways racial discrimination wreaks a physical and psychological toll.

Learn more from the Harvard Chan School

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Mental health benefits of gender-affirming surgery

Gender-affirming surgeries are associated with numerous positive health benefits, including lower rates of psychological distress.

Read more about the benefits

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How trauma and mental health contribute to incarceration

Policy recommendations made by the Harvard Kennedy School explore how to address the correlation between trauma, mental health, substance use, and incarceration.

Learn more from the Harvard Kennedy School

Four panelists sit at a newsroom type of desk at the Harvard Chan School

Belonging is key to the mental health of students of color

A key difficulty in addressing mental health issues among minority students is fostering a sense of belonging.

Learn more from this Harvard Chan School panel

Tracy Robinson-Wood, a professor in Northeastern’s Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, speaks to a crowd

Big impact of microaggressions

Microaggressions contribute to injuries to the psyche that may seem unrelenting and can result in depression, fatigue, anger, and even physical ailments.

Read more from the Harvard Gazette

Mental health on Harvard’s campus

Harvard announces a new 24/7 mental health hotline for students

Students gather in Harvard Yard surrounded by fall foliage

Counseling and Mental Health Services has launched a new 24/7 hotline for students who have mental health concerns or questions.

Read more from the Harvard Gazette

Wellness Corner unveils new spaces and programming for students

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Mather House faculty and Harvard’s mindfulness coordinator recently announced the official opening of the Wellness Corner.

Read more about this new space

Counseling and mental health services

Students walk through Harvard Yard toward Widener Library.

Counseling and Mental Health Services at Harvard offers students a variety of resources to support and manage mental health.

Learn more about student services at Harvard

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