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Post-Hospitalization Support

Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis?

If you are currently experiencing thoughts of suicide or a mental health crisis, please call 988 or text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor for free at any time.


When a student is hospitalized for mental health reasons, family and friends are concerned about many things. There are often questions about the student’s well-being, options for continuing the semester, and impact to the student’s academic progress. You are not alone in navigating these processes. Our office is here to be an advocate for the student and support them through every step after their hospitalization.

Common Concerns After a Hospital Stay

I missed one or more classes

I have access to my email and am able to reach out to my instructor(s)

Many students find it most helpful to email their instructors directly. A few things to include in that communication are:

  • Your name and section of the course you are enrolled in
  • The classes you have missed or will miss
  • The general reason you are missing  class (*Note: You are not required to submit any medical documentation to instructors as that is protected health information)
  • Your request for flexibility or the option to make up work

I do not have access to my email

The Student Outreach and Assistance team can notify your instructors of any unanticipated absences. These notification emails will not explain your circumstances nor do they excuse you from completing any missed work, but they will alert instructors that you’ll be in touch with them when you are able.

Emergency Absence Notification

I need accommodations for my classes

Requesting Accommodations

Mental health hospitalizations can often lead to new diagnosis or a greater awareness of a previous diagnosis. The Educational Access Center is equipped to help students navigate mental health diagnoses that impact their ability to access education.

Fill out the Educational Access Center’s Request for Services to begin the process of requesting academic accommodations for a diagnosed condition (e.g., mental health condition, medical condition, neurodivergence, or any disability).

I need to withdraw from my classes

Withdrawing From Classes

Some students find it helpful to drop one or more courses for the semester to give them more time to heal after a hospitalization. Here are some points to consider in deciding if you would like to drop a course.

I would like to meet with a case manager

Meeting with a Case Manager

The Student Outreach and Assistance team has a case manager dedicated to supporting students after a hospitalization and during their transition back to campus. As a result of meeting with a case manager, students will experience:

  • Guidance through the university system before and/or after a mental health hospitalization
  • Support following the discharge plan from the hospital
  • Recommendations for how to reintegrate into academics
  • Care and compassion for the mental health challenges they have faced

Interested in support? Click the following Schedule an Appointment button to schedule an appointment with Michelle Tassinari, Assistant Dean of Students for Outreach and Prevention.

Schedule an Appointment with a Case Manger

**If you are a family member of a student who is currently in the hospital, please reach out to prior to scheduling your student.

Resources for Parents and Family

Research tells us that supporting individuals after a hospitalization is essential in preventing additional mental health crises. Supporting someone after a mental health hospitalization is an important and valuable role you can play as a loved one. You might find yourself wondering what to say or how to talk to your student after a hospitalization. Here are some resources to help you navigate those conversations.

Are you Concerned About a Student?

If you have immediate safety concerns, please call 911 or connect with the Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline at 988.

If you would like to refer a student for outreach, learn more about outreach and CARE referrals by clicking the following button.

Refer a student for outreach