On March 31st, 2017
A representative group of Bryn Mawr College students convened for two hours to discuss mental health on campus. In the first hour of the forum, students read anonymous personal testimonies written by other Bryn Mawr students. They then had an opportunity to have a conversation with an expert panel about their reactions to the testimonies and their own perceptions of mental health on campus. In the second hour of the forum, the students were split into four groups in which they deliberated over central themes and concerns that they recognized from the first hour. They also deliberated over concrete recommendations for improvement upon those central themes and concerns.
20% more community members recognize mental illness as a serious problem on campus.
9% more students talked about the role of mental health on campus to their peers.
8% more faculty became more active and engaged about mental health on campus.
13% more professors acknowledged mental illness as a legitimate reason for poor academic performance.
BMCSpeaks Solutions Report
Publication and Implementation
The Solutions Report was emailed to every student and faculty, as well as distributed throughout the dorms.
Front Page Newspaper Story
The Bi-College News, the most circulated newspaper in the college, published a story about BMCSpeaks and mental health on campus on the front page.
Meetings with Administrators
We held meetings with the President and the Dean of the College, discussing the solutions report and its implications.