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Student Resources

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Students Speak: Survey Report on Mental Health

A comprehensive survey report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) about the lived experience of students living with mental health conditions and the mental health services and supports they value most. It is a great advocacy tool for students who want to focus on mental health issues on campus.

NAMI's social networking website and online resource center for young adults includes tons of free, downloadable resources on issues many young adults face in college, including building relationships, making friends, setting and achieving goals, gaining independence, managing money, increasing self-esteem, dating and much more. The site is designed to empower young adults through peer support and resource sharing. It's a place where you can find hope, encouragement, support and most of all the strength to live out their dreams and goals. Join the conversation by visiting today.

NAMI on Campus

NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led campus clubs that help to raise mental health awareness among college students, faculty and staff. These clubs provide support, education and advocacy on a campus. Learn how to start a club on your campus or check if there is a NAMI on Campus already at your school.

General College Mental Health Information

Mental Health Conditions in College Students
Learn more about common mental health conditions and suicide in college students and when to seek help for yourself or for a friend. Download and share these fact sheets with faculty, staff and students.

The Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
This comprehensive guide offers information on lots of mental health issues ranging from eating disorders to depression to alcohol use and everything in between. This is a one stop shop for great resources for college students!

A Mini Survival Guide to Preventing and Dealing with College Stress 
NAMI's brief guide on how to stay healthy and reduce stress during the college years. This is a must read.

Students Speak: Survey Report on Mental Health
A comprehensive report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) about the lived experience of students living with mental health conditions and the mental health services and supports they value most. This is a must read for all faculty, staff and administrators! It provides practical tips on how colleges can be more supportive of all students and how they can prioritize what to invest there limited resources and time on. It's a great tool for students who want to advocate on campus.

How to Help a Friend

Mental Health on Campus: What You Can Do to Help 
A list of suggestions on how to help someone on campus who is showing the early warning signs of a mental health crisis.

Help a Friend Who is Struggling 
Practical tips on how to help a friend who is having a difficult time and is struggling. The friend will thank you for reading this.

Words that Can Help 
A list of words and phrases to say to support a friend living with a mental health condition.

Students Living with a Mental Health Condition

What to Consider Before Starting College

Must Dos Before Applying to College
A checklist of things to consider when starting the college search.

Making the Decision: Choosing the Right College
Some points to think about when choosing the right college.

Tips for Transitioning to College
Tips from young adults who have made the transition to college.

Scholarship Tips and Information
A list of scholarships available for young adults living with mental health conditions.

Managing a Mental Health Condition in College

Strategies for Dealing with Mental Health Issues 
A great list of coping skills to deal with negative thoughts, hearing voices, anxiety, anger and depression. These list of practical suggestions came from young adults.

Managing Your Mental Health Condition in College 
Just what you need to know to successfully manage a mental health problem while balancing the demands of campus life.

The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in College 
Everything you need to know about disclosing a mental health condition in college.

Getting Accommodations at College 
Learn more about what kind of accommodations you can request in college to ensure your academic success.

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights 
Make sure you understand and protect your rights on campus.

Back to School with Bipolar Disorder 
Everything you need to know to take charge of bipolar disorder and have a good school year.

ADHD and College: Promoting Positive Outcomes 
An online resource center that provides resources for college students living with ADHD, including common accommodations to request in college for ADHD, tips for managing the condition in school and other resources.

Treatments and Supports
Learn all about the most effective services and supports for addressing mental health issues.

Student Veterans

Higher Education Resources for Veterans and their Families 
More than 150 resources to help student veterans and their families overcome the challenges of higher education and career training.

Online Resources for Student Veterans 
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs online resource center for student veterans provides valuable information on managing distress, getting help, understanding Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and understanding benefits on campus.

Support Student Veterans 
A collection of videos from student veterans sharing their experiences returning to school. There are also a list of resources for student veterans and their friends and families.

Student Veterans of America
Provides military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

Other Resources

Share Your Story: Student Stories
Check our NAMI's stories from students who experienced a mental health issue in college. Think about sharing your own too.

Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students 
Information on mental health in college and how to get help.

Know Your Rights 
Resources to keep in mind when making college visits and for knowing your rights to accommodations while on campus.

What A Difference A Friend Makes
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched the Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems.

This website provides links to many universities' counseling centers across the country, an online mental health screening program, a library on mental health topics and a medication database.

Half of US
A collection of videotaped stories of young adult celebrities and other well-known individuals who live with mental health conditions.

Transition Year
An online resource center to help students focus on mental health before, during and after the transition to college.

To Write Love on Her Arms
A musical movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for young adults struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

We Connect Now
An online resource dedicated to connecting young people with disabilities to higher education and employment support.