How to Help Officially

  • We offer Student Support Network (SSN) training to students who have been identified by their peers as someone they feel comfortable turning to in times of need. The training provides students with valuable skills and techniques to help more effectively support other students during times of stress and distress. 
  • Help destigmatize mental illness. Individuals can learn more about mental health by joining Active Minds on campus. To get involved, contact the Counseling Center at (413) 748-3345 or counselingcenter@springfield.edu.
  • Join Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) and learn about conflict management, mediation skills, good citizenship, and nonviolence. For more information or to get involved, contact SAVE advisor Gary Enright at (413) 748-3345 or genright@springfield.edu.

How to Help with Your Actions, Every Day

  • Be a good friend. Thoughtfully engage with those you already know or to whom you are connected. Offer encouragement and check in about how your peers are doing and how you might be able to help when they are struggling. 
  • Say hello to people. Engage with people you know less well and who may seem less like you on the surface. This creates connections-- one of the most powerful ingredients for good mental health. 
  • If you are concerned about someone, say something. Simply saying "Are you okay?" or "How are you doing?" is often the most helpful thing anyone can offer.