Support for Students

Recommendations to Shape a Positive Mental Health Climate on College Campuses with and through Peer-to-Peer Networks, 2019 (PDF/2.20 Megabytes)
This report offers recommendations for students, administrators, staff, and faculty in order to help them duplicate the success of the Active Mind's peer-to-peer model to improve mental health outcomes on their campuses.

Beyond Awareness: Student-Led Innovation in Campus Mental Health, 2018 (PDF/6.47 Megabytes)
Created with input from Mental Health America's Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC), this report spotlights the potential impact on mental health on higher education campuses that can be made from focusing on three main areas: peer support, disability supports, and technology. The report includes information on research, viewpoints, and programs from the CMHIC as they pertain to these three areas.

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.

NAMI on Campus (opens new window)
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.

Self-Evaluation Tools:

ULifeline Self Evaluator (opens new window)
This self-evaluation tool offers students the ability to utilize one of four available screeners for the purposes of screening for depression (PHQ-9), anxiety (GAD-7), eating disorders (SCOFF), and substance use disorders (CAGE-AID). Optionally, students may enter the name of their school, which will allow the screener to provide them information on resources that are specific to their campus.

Help Yourself. Help Others. (opens new window)
From MindWise Innovations, comes this self-assessment tool that can be used to assess the emotional health of you or a loved one. They offer a wide variety of screeners for various conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi-polar, psychosis, substance use (with specific screenings for alcohol and opioid use), gambling, and eating disorders. They also offer a well-being screener that measures life satisfaction. Resources and recommendations are provided following the completion of each screener.