Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

News & Events

Articles from STAT, The New York Times, and BU Today that feature some of our staff, classes, and programs.

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CMHEP in the News!

  • Check out a recent article featuring our Center’s CMHEP program and its Assistant Director, Chelsea Cobb!
  • Additionally in recent news, read another recent piece in BU Today, also featuring our CHMEP programs and their staff.

Georgetown University: Colleges step up prevention and early intervention services for students facing mental health challenges

At Boston University, young adults living with a mental health condition can participate in NITEO, an intensive, one-semester coaching program. The program encourages attendees to establish routines and provides wellness seminars and non-credit academic classes, as well as one-on-one counseling.

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Video Series: The College Faculty Guide to Academic Supports for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions

The NIDILRR-funded Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) produced a video series, The College Faculty Guide to Academic Supports for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions. The video series provides evidence-based information and strategies for college faculty members on how to support the academic participation and success of students who experience mental health conditions. The series offers actionable strategies for structuring courses to support student mental health and specific ways faculty can support students’ academic participation and success with mental health conditions. Throughout the series, students, faculty members, and mental health experts are featured, accompanying critical information that promotes faculty reflection on supporting these students.

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BU Today Features College Mental Health Leave Guides Created by CPR and the Ruderman Family Foundation

“The number of college students experiencing mental health issues was high before the COVID-19 pandemic, but those numbers have soared since, making it harder for many to receive treatment. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that three quarters of students faced distress.

In response, the Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) has cocreated two first-of-their-kind manuals—one for students, the other for faculty and staff—with best practices for campus leave-of-absence policies and for using a leave productively. The manuals were funded and cocreated by Boston’s Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group for people with disabilities.”

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Spot On! Episode 38: Quarantined- Manage Your Mental Health – Features Dori Hutchinson

Director of Services at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Dr. Dori Hutchinson talks to Dr. Joan Salge Blake, Nutrition Author, Media Expert and Nutrition Professor at Boston University about how to care for your mental health after your routine has been completely disrupted. She teaches about how to manage anxiety and how to practice self-acceptance.

Webinar: Taking Care of Your Health During Challenging Times

Presented by Director of Services Dori Hutchinson and moderated by Larry Kohn, Director of Development at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for the Boston University Alumni and Friends.

We are living, learning, parenting and working during harrowing times. The CoVid-19 virus has upended our lives and our futures feel uncertain and unsafe. Learn how to build wellness and resiliency, strategies for staying well,  find personal meaning and opportunities for growth during this unprecedented and collective experience.

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The Harvard Gazette: Mental health as a diversity issue

Moderated by Callie Crossley, WGBH host of Under the Radar, the panel of experts helps us to better understand mental health, how it impacts the workplace, and how to identify best practices for managing mental illness at work. Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk participated in the panel with strong contributions on safety, diversity and mental health: “We can’t count on people to disclose — it’s not their job or responsibility. It’s our responsibility to create a culture where we are not shying away from talking about it and creating a space where the safety is there”

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Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer.

BU Today: Live Storytelling Designed to Erase the Stigma around Mental Health

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation co-hosted a dynamic and powerful event, This is My Brave College Edition. In this article, Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk , Director of the NITEO program, stresses the importance of students speaking up and sharing their stories of challenges with mental illness and the support, tools and resources they have utilized to find and maintain wellness, the successes they have achieved by returning to academia and how they have thrived while breaking through stigma while deeply inspiring others through this process.

For those interested in learning more, you can view a recording of the event in its entirety, here.


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BU student Ali Gold (Sargent '20) speaks at This is My Brave College Edition, working on a project related to mental health. Photo by Jacob Chang-Rascale.

STAT: College can be brutal for students with serious mental health conditions. Here, they find support their schools can’t provide.

NITEO and College Coaching at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation: collegiate mental health resilience programs help students return to college and stay well.

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Student D'Amoura Rackard (right), participates in a coaching session with NITEO Director Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk, (left) image from Kayana Szymczak for STAT

New York Times: A Climb Out of Depression, Doubt and Academic Failure

NITEO, a wellness, resilience, and academic skills-building program supports students prepare return to college and achieve their goal of higher education. NITEO alum, Varsha Srivastava, shares how the program helped her develop the strategies and supports needed to thrive in school.

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Boston University student, Varsha Srivastava. Image from Hilary Swift of the New York Times.

New York Times: Colleges Get Proactive in Addressing Depression on Campus

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University provides collegiate wellness programming to students at Boston University and beyond. Director of Services, Dori Hutchinson, explains how the innovative, collegiate programming at the Center provides opportunities to build the skill of resilience, emotional agility.

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"Send Silence Packing" Exhibition. Image from Austin Bachand/Daily News Record, via Associated Press

BU Today: Fighting for a Future

Our hallmark college mental health program, NITEO, gets college students with mental conditions back on track. Director of Services at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, Dori Hutchinson, shares the import of education as a tool for supporting students to choose, get, and keep their valued role and achieve their personal, academic, wellness goals.

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