“Outreach” refers to the ways in which CAPS brings expertise about mental health to the Emory community. CAPS is committed to empowering students, faculty, and staff by providing outreach in a number of forms including: promotion of available resources, presentations about mental health-related topics, participation in community efforts to support students after tragic events, and advisement of student groups committed to mental health education and promotion. CAPS also has formal consultation/liaison relationships with academic departments and offices that provide student support services. Questions about outreach services can be directed to Dr. Jane Yang, Associate Director of Outreach & Consultation Services at jyang01@emory.edu.

Outreach Services

To request a presentation, fill out a request form. All requests should be made 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Please keep in mind that during peak times of the semester, Beowulf and Finn may not be available to attend your event; however, we will post other events where you can meet them! All requests should be made 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Learn More about Beowulf and Finn, and how to submit a request.

All media and interview requests, including interviews for class projects, are subject to vetting by Campus Life Communications. Please allow 2-3 weeks minimum for initial vetting of your request. Submit a interview request form here.
CAPS advises or oversees three primary student groups: the Emory Helpline, Emory’s Active Minds chapter, and the Black Mental Health Ambassadors (BMHA). If you would like to get involved with these groups, you can find out more information here.
CAPS has formal mental health consultants/liaisons to academic departments and student support service offices. Broadly, the role of the consultant/liaison is to serve as a bridge between the designated office/department and CAPS. The consultant/liaison can support faculty/staff in making referrals to CAPS or other appropriate campus resources, and can assist faculty/staff in developing mental health outreach programming for their respective students.
QPR is a national suicide prevention training program which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The 2-hour training teaches 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is intended to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provides guidelines on how to ask the difficult question about suicidal thoughts, persuade individuals to get help, and refer individuals to local and national resources for support. If you would like to request a QPR training for your group, contact the CAPS Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Romero Huffstead, Ph.D., at romero.huffstead@emory.edu.

The mission of the Mental Health @ Emory initiative is to create a more supportive and therapeutic campus environment by translating psychotherapy principles into interventions on a community level to foster nuanced self-reflection, critical thinking, more authentic interpersonal encounters, and a greater sense of meaning and purpose. The aim is to create a stronger sense of belonging for students and enhance their lifelong success in both personal and professional domains.  

This mission is accomplished by involving campus partners in conversations aimed to:  

  1. Re-narrate and deepen our understanding of mental health (e.g., shifting away from an over-reliance on diagnostic language to describe struggle that leads to an over-reliance on a “recognize & refer” model of response to students who are scared and/or lonely, to incorporating a “recognize and relate” response).
  2. Prompt important conversations with students about life struggles that impact their mental health.
  3. Identify and counter toxic messages that permeate our community and society.
  4. Raise awareness about the wide array of resources and supports available to students to positively impact their mental health.   

Mental Health @ Emory is an initiative started in 2017, involving a partnership between the mental health leadership on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses, Drs. Wanda Collins and Gary Glass, respectively, and this model is adapted from the work of Dr. Glass.  If you would like to participate in our Mental Health @ Emory conversation, please contact wanda.collins@emory.edu.