#mhsm chat Wed Aug 20th @ 8pm ET about Acceptance & Understanding

Here’s the link to the transcript of a great chat: http://bitly.com/1p01suS

Upcoming Chats:

Aug 27th: Topic to be determined – I don’t know what it is but it’ll be good (I hope)!

Sept 3rd: Let’s talk about the Process of Recovery! Join us @ 8pm ET 

Sept 10th: Self-management for suicide prevention in bipolar, with host @unsuicide and guest @CREST_BD @ 8pm ET

Sept 17th : Mental Health & Nutrition with @MentalHealthFL

Sept 24th: Topic to be determined

Oct 1st: ADHD Awareness with @Jeff_Emmerson

acceptance from family and friends


#mhsm chat Wed. Aug 6th on College Mental Health: Issues and Improvements


Here is the link to the chat transcript: http://bitly.com/1syug2L

Here are the questions if you want to prepare for the #mhsm chat!

  1. Why is mental illness on campus more prevalent than ever, and what can be done to change this?
  2. How should campuses respond to mental health crises?
  3. What types of support need to be in place for students to improve mental health and reduce mental illness?
  4. What accommodations, if any, should be available to students suffering from mental illness or mental health issues?
  5. Should treatment for mental illness be free and available to all students? Should psychiatric help be paid for by student insurance plans?
  6. What is currently being done about mental health and mental illnesses on campus?
    Who should the responsibility of mental health promotion on campus fall to? (Faculty, students, professors, etc)

Resources to explore and share:

NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students’ mental health and to empower them to take action on their college campuses. It helps to ensure that all students have positive, successful and fun college experiences.  http://nami.org/namioncampus

Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. http://activeminds.org

StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years. http://www.strengthofus.org/

Half of Us:through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation want to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of
mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. http://www.halfofus.com/

Ulifeline, your online resource for college mental health http://www.ulifeline.org/

As the nation’s leading organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students, The Jed Foundation is protecting the mental health of students across the country. http://www.jedfoundation.org/

The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. http://transitionyear.org/

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Spill is a nationwide peer support network made OF and FOR college students. You can vent here, confidentially, about whatever is bothering you. Within 24-48 hours, we’ll give you feedback from a handful of trained peers who can relate to your problem. https://spillnow.com/

The National Association of Broadcasters, in partnership with NAMI, has launched OK2Talk, a public service campaign aimed at encouraging young adults to open up about their experiences with mental illness. http://ok2talk.org

The Higher Education Support Toolkit, developed by the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation , provides disability service staff and health care staff with a simple way to work with students who are experiencing challenges arising from their psychiatric disability. The toolkit is available as a free download at the Center’s website. http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/supportstudents/

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights! A guide for students who want to seek help for mental illness or emotional distress. Produced by the Leadership21 Committee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Chapters include: You are Not Alone, Seeking Help, Privacy, Academic Accomaodations, Discipline, Involuntary Leave of Absence, Going to a Psychiatric Hospital, Forced Medication,  Resources. Phone: 202-467-5730. http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Cx8IKB4OGpg%3d&tabid=104

Upcoming Chats:

Aug 13th: Sleep and Mental Health with @StacySimera

Aug 20th: #MinorityMentalHealth follow-up chat with @MelodyMoezzi  @ 11 am ET (Note the time please)

There will be an Aug 20th 8pm ET chat also, the topic yet to be determined.

Sept 10th: Self-management for suicide prevention in bipolar, with host @unsuicide and guest @CREST_BD

#mhsm chat Wed. July 2nd @ 8 pm EDT about Minority Mental Health #minoritymentalhealth

Link to the #mhsm chat transcript: http://bitly.com/1s04XWo

Be sure to join us on Wed. July 2nd to discuss Minority Mental Health with Cindy

and PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME for this #mhsm chat

July 9th @ 11 am ET –  we’ll be joined by @MelodyMoezzi to discuss Minority Mental Health Month and her recent book — Haldol & Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life.

Melody is an Iranian-American Muslim writer, attorney and award-winning author. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine, and her writings have appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other outlets. She has also appeared on NPR, BBC, CNN and other programs.

Mental Health Affects ALL of Us