Dear UCSF Community:

Every October the University of California joins the nation to recognize Mental Health Awareness. This year, UCSF's Student Health & Counseling Services is proud to launch “Mental Health Matters.” This is an awareness campaign to emphasize to our students – the future of patient care, education, and scientific research – that taking care of their mental health is a key component to being successful. It also reflects the University’s ongoing efforts to encourage faculty, staff, students, and trainees to take care of their mental health and to reduce mental health stigma.

Visit the “Mental Health Matters” campaign website https://studenthealth.ucsf.edu/MentalHealthAwareness2014 to learn about how I and other campus leaders answer the basic question, “How do you take care of your mental health?” The aims are to: 1) reduce stigma regarding mental health, 2) normalize seeking help and self-care, and 3) demonstrate that role models and mentors manage their emotional health and recognize the significant impact it has on their success.

Please join us in promoting a culture at UCSF in which addressing mental health needs is a normalized part of attaining personal success for all members of the UCSF community.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor