CSG President Signs Executive Order to Create Mental Health Taskforce

The taskforce will deliver mental health policy recommendations to President Schafer

ANN ARBOR- Today, CSG President David Schafer signed an executive order to create the first ever Mental Health Climate and Resources Taskforce at the University of Michigan. This executive order will be effective immediately.

The taskforce will be co-led by Grace Nasr, Chair of CSG’s Student Health and Safety Commission; Max Rothman, an executive board member of Wolverine Support Network; and Yumi Taguchi, Co-Director of Active Minds. Together, they will oversee a board of approximately 15 members, and will focus on examining the results of the three mental health surveys that were administered by CSG and Active Minds earlier this year. These surveys were distributed to assess the classroom climate and university resources relating to mental health.

In addition to analyzing survey data, town hall forums will be conducted for the purpose of facilitating student engagement. At the end of analyzing data and soliciting student input, the taskforce will submit a report of policy recommendations to President Schafer, which he will then convey to university administrators. “When we as a university prioritize student mental health, we maximize the potential of our community,” said Schafer. “The policy recommendations from this taskforce will allow me to thoughtfully engage university administrators on how best to enhance student access to mental health resources, strengthen the climate in classrooms, and further reduce the stigma that currently exists around mental health.”

According to the website of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Michigan, over 44% of college students in America report feeling symptoms of depression. President Schafer commissioned this taskforce with the expectation that U-M will occupy a position at the forefront of pioneering solutions.