• June 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 5

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Mental Health Rights Tip Sheet

Transitions RTC, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the University of Massachusetts, has produced several informative tip sheets for youth. My Mental Health Rights on Campus aims to ease youth's fears about attending college with a mental health condition. My "Must Have" Papers provides youth with tips for obtaining and protecting important personal information.

College students with a mental health condition may be anxious about having to face potential stigmatization and discrimination on campus. My Mental Health Rights on Campus highlights some common areas of concern for college students struggling with a psychological or psychiatric disorder. Using a question-and-answer format to meet the specific information needs of this population, the guide explores the following topics:

  • Disciplinary measures and avenues for appeal 
  • Medications' management and forced medication
  • Academic accommodations
  • Mandatory leave of absences
  • Confidentiality and disclosure

The tip sheet also outlines available supports and services, including referrals to 24-hour telephone hotlines for crisis support counseling, as well as resources ranging from to mental health care to student run organizations.

My Mental Health Rights on Campus tip sheet is available on the University of Massachusetts Medical School website:

http://labs.umassmed.edu/transitionsRTC/Resources/publications/RightsonCampusTipSheet5.pdf (466 KB)  

My "Must Have" Papers uses a checklist format to help youth gather and file important personal records, including birth certificates, Social Security cards, education documents, medical information, and more. The tip sheet also provides youth with information about where to obtain these documents and which information should never be disclosed or shared.

My "Must Have" Papers is also available on the University of Massachusetts Medical School website:

http://labs.umassmed.edu/transitionsRTC/Resources/publications/PersonalInformationTipSheet.pdf (378 KB) 

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