Matthew is relaxed with deadlines and is willing to move quiz dates if the class feels overwhelmed with other classes/commitments. He is a very caring and understanding person, especially when it comes to someone's mental health situation. Instead of putting you down about it, he empathizes, which is really important to me in a professor.
Mental health to me means the recognition that we all struggle with internal conflict and that this expresses itself as a variety of phenomena including self-doubt, loss of joy in the moment, withdrawal, and lack of productivity.
I think the main role for faculty is to recognize that students undergo mental health struggles and to provide appropriate accommodations, formal and informal, to alleviate the stress that comes with mental health issues. Directing students to appropriate resources is also key.
--- Matthew Leybourne