ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering college students and others free tools to increase mental health education on college campuses. The special toolkit also supports the National Dialogue launched by the recent White House Conference on Mental Health.
The toolkit is based on NAMI's College Students Speak, a survey report published last year in which college students who experienced mental health problems called for greater education about mental health issues and access to mental health care on campuses. The survey report indicated that stigma surrounding mental illness is the greatest barrier to college students seeking help.
The toolkit includes:
"The toolkit has everything college students, professors, counselors, coaches and administrators need for lay presentations about mental health issues," said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "It is a resource for anyone who shares campus mental health concerns."
A recent study released by Georgetown University Medical Center found that current college athletes have higher rates of depression than athletes who have graduated, pointing to a particular need for mental health awareness among college athletic faculty. In the NAMI survey, 80 percent of students identified mental health training for college faculty and staff as "extremely important."
As part of the National Dialogue, NAMI also is supporting the National Association of Broadcasters public service campaign, www.ok2talk.org, encouraging young adults to talk about mental health concerns.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope.