Our Mission is to promote positive mental health and well-being in the student body as a whole

Our Vision is to create a campus environment that actively encourages and supports all students to learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally, and to create a vibrant academic community in which every student feels a sense of belonging and value.

Our Goals are to:

  • Increase engagement, well-being and sense of purpose
  • Build resiliency and self-efficacy
  • Improve sense of belonging and connection
  • Develop compassion for self and others
  • Reduce rates of loneliness, depression, stress, anxiety, and suicidality

We Provide:

  • Trainings for students, faculty and staff on mental health topics, available as scheduled and by request e.g. the Peer Support Skills Training (PSST), Responding to Students in Distress training
  • Programs and events, e.g. the Wellness Fair, the Wellness Challenge, Life Stories, screenings, speakers
  • Awareness and educational campaigns
  • Informational resources, e.g.brochures, posters, videos, social media

How to Get Involved

  • Attend a program or event
  • Request a training
  • Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our weekly newsletter by emailing jgifford@amherst.edu
  • Sign up for Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) training
  • Get involved in a student organization such as Active Minds
  • Apply for a position on the Wellness Team or the Mental Health and Wellness Committee
  • Commit random acts of kindness, generosity and support
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Like our Facebook page to receive mental health information, self-care strategies and tips to boost your overall wellness.

Who We Are

The Mental Health Educator oversees and coordinates campus mental health initiatives, and supervises the Wellness Team.

Jessica Gifford received her BA from Antioch College in Psychology and Women's Studies and completed her Master of Social degree at Smith College School for Social Work. Jessica provided individual and group counseling in a variety of settings before moving into the field of college health promotion. She served as the Wellness Center Director at Hampshire College for a number of years before coming to Amherst. Jessica is deeply committed to improving student mental health and well-being.

wellness team

The Wellness Team is a group of 6-8 students who work under the supervision of the Mental Health Educator to promote student well-being on an individual, group and campus level. If you'd like to find out about our fun programs and events, like us on Facebook or stop by to say Hi when we table in Keefe.