Mental health clinicians at MIT Medical are participating in the Institute's new Residence Support Teams, aimed at encouraging students to seek help when they need it. Each clinician is part of a multidisciplinary team assigned to one of MIT's residence halls, fraternities, sororities and independent living groups.
"The idea is for team members to become familiar with the culture of the residences, and for housemasters, tutors and students to get to know us," explained MIT Medical psychiatrist Margaret Ross. "We hope to provide support tailored to the specific needs of each residence."
Ross reported that team members have been greeted warmly and enthusiastically so far. "We hope this will allow us to become a part of the community in a comfortable way, and give the students some 'faces' to put with the names in MIT Medical's Mental Health Service," she said.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 13, 2002.