Active Minds is a national leader for young adult mental health advocacy and suicide prevention. Now in its sixteenth year, Active Minds is at more than 800 colleges and high schools nationwide, including 550 student-led chapters. Active Minds programs and services empower students to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, create communities of support, and ultimately save lives. Below are some highlighted resources, see website for all resources:
Program: Basic VAR: Validate, Appreciate, Refer Basic V-A-R is a guide to how to respond to everyday troubles in a helpful way. For many situations, you don’t have to be an expert to help – you just have to be there. Have a conversation to let someone know, I’m here for you, and then refer them to additional sources of support. Link includes overview of VAR program and links to purchase workshop and tabling kits to facilitate the program.
Program: Send Silence Packing Each year, Send Silence Packing visits 30-40 schools and communities. The all-day exhibit raises mental health awareness, inspires action for suicide prevention, connects viewers to mental health resources, and jump starts action. Send Silence Packing catalyzes conversations in a way that contributes to a community’s overall positive climate for mental health. Send Silence Packing includes personal stories from individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. The stories are a powerful way to raise awareness. The donation of stories and backpacks also become a meaningful outlet for the grief of survivors.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. JED is leading the way to a comprehensive, community-based model of protecting student emotional health and preventing suicide at schools across the country. Working with campus leaders and professionals, JED helps to create campus-wide prevention and intervention strategies and advises on best-practice mental health policies, programs and services. Their website is full of resources and programs for students in college, high school, and their families and communities. Below are some highlighted resources:
Program - Set to Go: Information, tools and guidance for mental/emotional health during the transition from high school to college, careers and adulthood.
Webinar - JED'S Comprehensive Approach: Integrating the Equity in Mental Health Framework
The Steve Fund
The Steve Fund is the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. Offers resources such as the Equity in Mental Health Framework to help colleges/universities support the mental health of students of color, and the Knowledge Center full of webinars, interviews and presentations on different topics related to mental health for students of color.
Young, Gifted, At-Risk and Resilient: A Video Toolkit to Support the Wellbeing of Students of Color Scholars and practitioners have informed this effort through a holistic approach. Understanding the space and place in which students of color operate provides us with a lens to examine the multiple dimensions of students’ academic and social contexts on and around their campuses. This includes not only the physical components of campus climate, but also the virtual contexts that impact students’ sense of belonging.
Infographic: Students of Color Feel Less Academically and Emotionally Prepared for College
Scholarship Opportunities By supporting competitive scholarships for research on the mental health challenges facing college students of color, the Steve Fund is supporting the growth of a generation of scholars with knowledge and capacity to address the mental health needs of people of color.
Tool - Self Evaluator: The Self Evaluator was developed for ULifeline by Duke University School of Medicine and screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students face. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The screening process also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help.
College Guide for LGBTQ Students A comprehensive guide to help LGBTQ students make an informed decision on where to pursue a college degree. Includes expert input on common issues faced by LGBTQ college students and what to look for in an LGBTQ-affirming campus environment.
Guide: How to Support a Friend or Family Member Who Has Started Treatment for a Mental Health Issue Interactive page that offers tips on how to support loved ones undergoing treatment for mental health issues at various stages, including During Counseling, During Outpatient, In the Hospital, and During Recovery.
College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit: on Mental Health Data and Statistics (Developed by Healthy Minds Network in partnership with Active Minds and the Jed Foundation) Students: this toolkit was designed for YOU! Inside, you will find key data points and resources and tips to fully equip you to advocate for policies, systems, and environmental changes that will improve mental health and well-being on your college campus. Our aim is to provide accessible, digestible, and contextualized data to support your advocacy efforts.
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Starting a UChapter: TWLOHA UChapters is a network of student organizations on college and university campuses that exists to embody the mission and vision of TWLOHA. Through on-campus events, programming, and fundraising initiatives, each chapter serves as a voice of inspiration and education for their peers. See link for details on how to apply and establish a UChapter at your university.
TWLOHA Blog: Blog posts about a variety of mental health, depression and suicide topics from people with lived experience.