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Support for Students

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, 2016 (PDF/2.69 Megabytes)
This guide is provided by The Jed Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and is for both parents and students. The guide provides crucial information about mental health issues in higher education settings. For parents, it provides steps that can be taken to give as needed support to their students. Students are encouraged to use the information to begin a discussion about mental health.

Seize the Awkward Campaign (opens new window)
Concerned about a friend who is struggling with their mental health? Reaching out to support them is important. Here is some helpful advice to start the conversation. This website includes brief-videos and a campus toolkit for implementation.

Ulifeline-Resources for College Mental Health (opens new window)
An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.


Student-Led Organizations:

Active Minds Chapter Network (opens new window)
Started by students for students, these chapters can be found at colleges & universities in addition to high schools. They can include as many as 300 members and are designed to create an environment where students can feel comfortable talking about mental health. Additionally, chapter members organize events to increase mental health awareness, distribute resources, advocate for policy changes, and act as the student voice on health-related committees.

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Be a part of the largest grassroots mental health organization in America! From the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), comes a club that can be started by students for students. By starting a NAMI on Campus club at your school you will be able to raise mental health awareness, educate your peers, advocate for improved mental health services, and support peers with NAMI programs and trainings.

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