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- Half of Us (http://www.halfofus.com)
Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. The good news is that nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives. Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
- Know the Signs (http://www.suicideispreventable.org)
Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.
- Jedcampus (http://www.jedcampus.org)
JedCampus is an online self-assessment survey program that helps colleges explore and enhance their campus mental health and suicide prevention programming. The survey makes it easy for colleges and universities to evaluate their mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming. Your school's survey responses to us and our feedback reports to you are confidential.
- Transition year (http://www.transitionyear.org)
The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit working to promote emotional health among college students, has partnered with the American Psychiatric Foundation to launch the Transition Year, an online resource center that helps students and their families focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. For most young people, college represents independence, exploration and growth, and The Transition Year can help parents and students understand and embrace those transitions.
- Ulifeline (http://www.ulifeline.org)
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health. ULifeline is a project of The Jed Foundation, the nation’s leading organization working to protect the emotional health of America’s college students, and was developed with input from leading experts in mental health and higher education. The Jed Foundation provides ULifeline to all colleges and universities free of charge, regardless of the size or type of institution. Currently, more than 1,300 colleges and universities participate in the ULifeline Network.
- Love is Louder (http://www.loveislouder.com)
Love is Louder was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone. It’s hundreds of thousands of people just like you who have turned this idea into a movement. A movement of all types of people who have come together to raise the volume around the message that love and support are louder than any internal or external voice that brings us down.
- Each Mind Matters (http://www.eachmindmatters.org)
Each Mind Matters unites the hundreds of organizations working together to create health systems that serve minds and bodies, and the millions of Californians who refuse to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on our families and communities. Together, we are creating a California where Each Mind Matters.
- CalMHSA (http://calmhsa.org/programs/stigma-discrimination-reduction-sdr/)
As an on-going efficient delivery mechanism for statewide and other California mental health projects, a central component of CalMHSA‘s vision is to continually promote systems and services arising from a commitment to community mental health, and to the values of the California Mental Health Services Act. Our purpose is to promoting efficiency, effectiveness and enterprise among counties and cities.
- Walk in Our Shoes (http://www.walkinourshoes.org/)
Are you curious about what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes? Do you want to learn about other people’s lives? Curiosity and learning are great, so lace up, strap on, or slip on your sneakers and let’s learn about mental health. Learning about other people can help you understand that they’re still a lot like you — they’re just on a journey in different shoes.
- Friends Are Good Medicine (http://www.friendsaregoodmedicine.com/)
We act as an information and assistance source to the groups in our database. We promote the concept of self-help in both the general and professional community. We provide leadership training, consultation and assistance to groups, and information sheets on topics of interest to self-helpers.
- Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students
- Best Colleges: Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students
- The JED Foundation: The Jed Foundation was founded in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow after they lost their son Jed to suicide. While trying to learn more about suicide and make sense of their unthinkable loss, the Satows discovered an urgent and unmet need for programming and resources that helped colleges, students and parents recognize and address promote emotional health and prevent suicide. http://www.jedfoundation.org/
- American Association of Suicidology: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. http://www.suicidology.org/
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. http://www.afsp.org/
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: SPRC is the nation's only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. We provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. We also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention. http://www.sprc.org/
- The Center for Dignity, Recovery and Stigma Elimination
The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Stigma Elimination was established to help communities and individuals overcome the stigma and discrimination often associated with mental health conditions, live successfully in recovery and thereby enhance human dignity and wellness. http://dignityandrecoverycenter.org/
- Active Minds: Through student-run campus chapters, Active Minds promotes mental health awareness, education, and advocacy. Programs work to increase students' awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources on mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help when needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. Their speakers' bureau, "The Heard", is composed of carefully selected and extensively trained young people who speak about their personal experiences in recovering from mental illness. Active Minds provides support and resources to campus chapters, and includes an evaluation component for all its programs. www.activeminds.org
- Florida Office of Drug Control's Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention (specific to colleges): Suicide prevention and Mental Health resources for colleges http://www.helppromotehope.com/resources/College_Resources.pdf
Additional Online Resources
- The JED Foundation Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student is the product of a roundtable discussion. It provides your college or university community, regardless of its size, culture, and resources, with a list of issues to consider when:
- Developing a safety protocol
- Developing an emergency contact notification protocol
- Developing a leave of absence and re-entry protocol
- California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention: Every Californian Is Part of the Solution is a paper built upon the vision that a full range of strategies, starting from prevention and early intervention, should be targeted to Californians of all ages, from children and youth to adults and older adults. To effectively reduce suicides and suicidal behavior, communities need prevention services to promote health and address problems long before they become acute, as well as a coordinated system of services to effectively respond to crisis situations.
- SPRC - Suicide Prevention Resource Center Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in College and University Settings This paper, produced by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), summarizes what we know about suicide and suicide prevention among college and university students, describes a sample of current suicide prevention efforts, and recommends ways in which colleges and universities can promote mental health and prevent suicidal behavior among their students.
- Peer Involvement in Campus-Based Suicide Prevention: Key Considerations The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia is a "Public Health" model in suicide prevention is relatively new. For any community, we now think of comprehensive suicide prevention in terms of a "Big Picture" that involves data-driven planning and multi-level prevention strategies used in combination over time. For a college or university campus, this approach brings some changes in philosophy as well as in the practical work of planning and implementation. Promoting wellness and preventing suicide (as well as other forms of violence) now involves people from a wide range of roles; suicide prevention planning has become the work of the entire campus community.
- The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia provides training, consultation and support for program planning, print materials, links to national resources and in-state networking to all Virginia campuses. The office serves the individuals and teams who build the infrastructure necessary to promote mental health for all students, identify and support those with mental health concerns and effectively respond to individuals who are at risk for suicide. Funding comes from a partnership between federal, state and local resources and most services are provided at no cost.