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Collegiate Mental Health Council

It’s time to focus on creative solutions to supporting mental health on campus. With guidance from MHA, the Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC) is made of students and recent graduates who are finding new ways to make a difference in their communities.

Concerns about mental health on campus have grown and gained attention in recent years. Research and reports have shown an increasing demand for supports and services for students on campus, but many colleges and universities cannot keep up with the needs of their students. For students, this can mean not knowing how to get help, asking for help and getting long wait times, or not getting needed support to navigate recovery.

While awareness campaigns are an important part of the solution, we must move away from traditional thinking to find new ways to fill gaps in services on campus to support students looking for help.

With an understanding of the power of peer support and community, MHA wants to highlight innovation on-campus that is showing new approaches to meeting diverse needs and filling the gaps in resources available to students.

We will work with student leaders to show how students are stepping up and creating solutions to support one another and keep their peers engaged and in school, and support students who want to innovate at other colleges. We will:

  • Convene a select group of students and recent graduates with diverse backgrounds, locations, and experiences in monthly online meetings over a 6-month term
  • Identify innovative solutions and ways to address problems commonly reported on other campuses, including administrative and funding concerns
  • Promote solutions and implementation across additional campuses

Applications open May 24, 2017. Please contact Kelly Davis at kdavis@mentalhealthamerica.net with any questions. 

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