Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges:
In addition to a critical lack of funding and staff support, Georgetown’s mental health systems are plagued by bureaucratic complexity, surrounded by a cultural stigma that serves as a barrier to access, and generally misunderstanding of student experiences and priorities. In order to address these barriers, we will further the work of the current GUSA Mental Health Committee as part of a more broadly inclusive and thoughtfully structured GUSA mental health team, which will be tasked with educating students about existing mental health resources, advocating for stronger and more accessible support systems, and contributing to the long-term change of Georgetown’s stress culture.
- Take an official public position on mental health advocacy in order to make student priorities clear.
- Coordinate a campus-wide information campaign about CAPS’ flexible fee policies to ensure that socioeconomic status is not a barrier to any student seeking help.
- Support the continued development of Project Lighthouse and the program’s sustainable transition to the auspices of Health Education Services and CAPS.
- Engage NSO leadership in thoughtfully integrating positive and constructive mental health programming into the orientation experience.
- Advocate for the creation of an interactive one-stop online mental health portal on Georgetown’s website to direct students to the right existing resources.
- Work with CAPS to offer an online appointment request form and a simple way for students to designate their requests as high-priority.
- Focus advocacy work on issues related to leave of absence policies.
- Push for first aid and mental health training for academic counselors that frequently interact with students, including professors and Deans, to equip them to better support students and direct them to available resources.