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The Harvard Kennedy School experience is incredibly rewarding. It can also be rigorous and demanding. Along the way, you may find some support can help keep you on track.

Man smiling and wearing blue shirtAs an HKS student, you have a strong support network at HKS and Harvard whenever you need it. In addition to your degree program team, you can also turn to our Senior Associate Director for Student Support Services Jimmy Kane. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Jimmy focuses on supporting our HKS students in their academic, personal, and mental wellbeing so they can continue to be successful during their time at HKS. If students are experiencing difficulties, Jimmy will connect them with individuals and resources on campus or in the community that will help get them the support they need. He will also follow up and work with students when someone in the HKS community has expressed concern for their wellbeing.

Being effective leaders in public service also means caring for yourself. Jimmy as well as your degree program team and your HKS and Harvard communities are here to support you. 


We're All Human > https://www.harvard.edu/wellbeing

Intellectual growth and academic achievement should not come at the expense of wellbeing. 

Together, we can create a culture at HKS and Harvard that embraces the importance of mental health and wellbeing. There are resources that can help you find balance. 

Learn more about student wellbeing at Harvard here and below.

Counseling and Mental Health Service & CAMHS Cares Line

Counseling and Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a counseling and mental health support service to support individuals who are experiencing any measure of distress in their lives. This may include bereavement, adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, concerns interfering with work or relationships, sexual concerns, or high-risk behaviors around food, alcohol, or other substances.

Treatment options include: individual counseling, medication management, group therapy, peer counseling, and workshops. All visits are confidential. Mental health records are held separately from the rest of the medical records, except for information on medications.

CAMHS: 617-495-2042The CAMHS Cares line 617-495-2042 is a 24/7 support line for Harvard students who have mental health concerns, whether they are in immediate distress or not, on-campus or elsewhere.

  • At all times, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, students can follow the prompts to speak directly with a CAMHS Cares Counselor about an urgent concern or if they just need to talk to someone about a difficult challenge or mental health issue.

Have a routine administrative question? During CAMHS business hours, call 617-495-2042 and press 1 (one) to speak directly with a CAMHS administrative assistant to make, change, or cancel a routine appointment, request a refill, or request an in-person urgent care appointment for that day.


TimelyCare > www.timelycare.com/HarvardCAMHS has expanded access to counseling services for Harvard students through a partnership with TimelyMD to deliver TimelyCare, a new virtual telehealth and wellbeing platform for students. TimelyCare service provides digital access to telehealth counseling and psychiatry. 

Go to www.timelycare.com/Harvard or download the TimelyCare app to access care.​

TimelyCare services offer 12 scheduled counseling sessions per academic year at no cost to students. Additionally, you can access:

  • Psychiatry care by scheduling an initial consultation appointment at CAMHS via the HUHS patient portal or by calling CAMHS Cares at 617-495-2042.
  • Yoga and meditation sessions—and other self-care content—as well as group conversations with TimelyCare providers on a variety of health and well-being topics.

TimelyCare does not replace other CAMHS services; it is an addition to services already available. You still have access to all these services, including the CAMHS Cares support line for 24/7 mental health support; group support and education sessions to improve skills and knowledge about mental health; as well as student-driven peer counseling and peer education groups.

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

As a member of the Harvard community, you can receive comprehensive, preventive, and urgent care at four Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) locations.

In addition to adult and pediatric primary care, HUHS also provides counseling for mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and nutrition. You can take yoga and meditation classes and even receive holistic services, including acupuncture, massage, and Reiki through the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion.

HUHS Wellbeing Framework

Our wellbeing is dynamic and ever changing. During different times of our lives some aspects of our wellbeing will take priority, while others may be less significant. This is OK and normal. 

  • Abstract visualization of the wellbeing framework.All aspects of our health and wellness are interconnected. Each dimension of wellbeing affects the others and vice versa.
  • It is important to take time to check in with ourselves to notice if we are spending time on the areas of wellbeing that are important to us.
  • Developing each dimension is about practice, not perfection. We seek to strengthen our overall wellbeing and try to let go of the idea of perfection.
  • The image above is based on the stained glass rose window outside of Memorial Hall. We love this image because wellbeing is just like stained glass. Depending on the type of light hitting the stained glass, it will change. It is always dynamic, just like us all.
Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CWHP)

The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CWHP) works to cultivate a happy, healthy, and engaged Harvard community through education and the promotion of holistic health and wellbeing.

Students can participate in a wide range of offerings, including workshops that highlight activities to enhance wellbeing, such as massage and acupuncture services, yoga, meditation, Pilates, and other group classes.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Learning can be inspiring. It can also be very demanding.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University is available to help and empower students during the academic year. Using evidence-based methods and drawing on recent research in learning assistance, the ARC's services include peer tutoring, academic coaching, and skill strengthening workshops in areas such as time management and  procrastination. Accessible, distraction-free study space is also available.  

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODIB)

HKS is a community that welcomes and values the diversity of students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, life experiences, and thought.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODIB) supports activities to help enhance and celebrate diversity at HKS related—but not limited—to race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, political ideology, and economic status. The ODIB is also a resource for students to receive support, advocacy, and advice to help promote the development, well-being, and success of every HKS student.

Read Harvard Kennedy School's Diversity Statement and learn more about diversity at HKS.

Harvard Athletic Facilities

Visit any of Harvard's athletic facilities if you like to relax and de-stress through physical activity. Join club and intramural sports teams, enroll in group exercise classes or fitness programs, or learn how to golf, row, sail, swim or play squash or tennis.

Learn about Harvard athletics and fitness opportunities available to you.

Student Mental Health Learning Module
This HarvardKey-protected online resource offers information to help our students put their wellbeing and mental health first.

Title IX and Office for Gender Equity

HKS helps anyone who has experienced sexual harassment—including sexual violence—to access the resources available at Harvard and elsewhere. Learn about our Title IX policies and procedures and other important resources.

Harvard’s Office for Gender Equity (OGE) is another safe place where students who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault can go for 24-hour non-urgent care, information, or support. OGE empowers and supports the Harvard community to advance a climate of gender equity and inclusion through evidence-based educational initiatives, excellence in research and practice, and delivery of direct services.

OGE uses a multipronged approach to addressing issues of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. Individuals may choose to engage in one or more of the offerings provided by our office. These include:

  • Prevention and education initiatives
  • Support through confidential SHARE counseling
  • Making a disclosure to a Title IX resource
  • Submitting an anonymous disclosure, or
  • Filing a formal complaint

While each function is distinct, they all work holistically.

SHARE Confidential Hotline

If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance, SHARE maintains a confidential hotline (617-495-9100) that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by SHARE counselors. Call the hotline for a range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating concerns

SHARE staff will help you identify resources and immediate supports. For all non-urgent matters, contact SHARE at 617-496-5636 or oge_share@harvard.edu.

Get to know the resources available to you (on this HarvardKey protected page) to support your wellbeing and how to take full advantage of them at HKS.