Many students suffering from a mental health problem are not recognized by the mental health system; others are unaware that assistance is available, and all are concerned about exposure, which explains their difficulty in reaching out for help.

A supportive academic program was initiated under the auspices of the Dean of Students with its main objective being to assist those students.

The program provides a solution for students with a recognized mental health problem who qualify for an array of rehabilitative mental health services at the Ministry of Health.

The purpose of the program is to address the needs of the student suffering from a mental health problem and enable him/her to complete his/her studies successfully.

The program is an initiative of the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the National Insurance Institute's Fund for Special Enterprises,

and is run by Hevrat Nathan at the Dean of Students. The program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is coordinated by Ms. Meytal Tavor.

This type of program provides means for reinforcing basic learning skills and offers professional support in coping with an academic environment. It also provides access to cultural, leisure and job resources that the academic environment has to offer.

The unit's service is provided through a tutoring program and focuses on general advice on learning strategies, academic accommodations as well as support and information on rehabilitation services in the community.

The program does not cover financial assistance. Each student participating in the program is assigned a tutor for four hours a week.

The tutor serves as a friend, an attentive ear and a model for interpersonal behavior.

A meeting can be scheduled by contacting  
Supportive Academic Education, Rehabilitation Department, Ministry of Health