Campus Rights Guide

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights! was produced by the Leadership21 Committee of the Bazelon Center, this guide is also available in print form from our online store.


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Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!  is a guide for students who want to seek help for mental illnesses or emotional distress.

Though we don’t know you, and we may never meet you, Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights! was created with you in mind. As a committee of mental health advocates, we worked together to provide information to assist you in finding help and protecting your legal rights. Some of us have had direct experience with mental health problems and know first-hand how little information is available that is tailored specifically to the needs of students like you.

In the guide you will find answers to questions like: Where do I go to seek help? What should I expect at my first visit with a therapist? What are my rights to privacy? What accommodations can I get from my school? and, If I take a leave from school, can my school put restrictions on my returning from leave?

If you or someone you love has a mental illness or is experiencing extreme emotional distress, we know that what you’re going through right now may be extraordinarily challenging. But mental illnesses are treatable and people recover every day. We hope the information in this guide will enable you to find and use mental health resources on your campus and to safeguard your rights.

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!

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