Columnist Doug Girardot writes that in their reopening rhetoric, BC officials did everything in their effort to downplay the realities of college life in a pandemic. The flurry of summer emails students received in their inboxes and the maroon and gold technocratic signage littered throughout campus have suggested a conditional promise of normalcy: If you do all these things, then we can have school just like usual. But this is a dangerously fantastical apodosis.
The meetings are designed to provide people with a place to talk about their feelings in response to the deaths of multiple BC students that have occurred over the past six months.
Boston College University Counseling Services began offering individual counseling and same-day consultation services at the Newton Campus on March 19
The brief contends that MIT should not be held responsible because it sets a precedent that university employees, even those without mental health expertise, are responsible for detecting students at risk of taking their own lives.
“Based on what seems to me to be a proper understanding of the spiritual nature of many of the “mental health” problems that affect most students, BC does an admirable job in making resources available for maintaining our emotional well-being.”
Lean On Me is currently operating at the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Assessing the mental condition of a participating student is essential to WellTrack’s functionality, but the app should not be viewed as a source of definitive answers, and rather as a useful tool for students to find new ways to deal with issues of stress, depression, and anxiety.”