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Mental health issues are on the rise on college campuses across the country. Better and accessible screening as well as earlier diagnosis of mental health conditions are critical to getting quality treatment and improving one's quality of life. This has allowed more students with mental health conditions to go on to college and be successful.

Living in a new environment outside the familiarity of home can create overwhelming and stressful circumstances. College students can greatly benefit from understanding that a certain amount of stress is normal, but that too much stress can be unhealthy and unproductive. Knowing the signs of stress, its causes and how to manage it can be a great tool in promoting and preserving good mental health.

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Adjusting to School
Depression & Substance Abuse in College
How Can I Help a Friend?
Substance Abuse
Suicide and Depression
What to Do When Depression Enters Your Relationship [college series]
Why Do People Complete Suicide?

Links & Resources

Active Minds: Peer to peer student support and advocacy group on college campuses.The organization works to increase students' awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed. There are chapters at the following Wisconsin colleges: Carthage College (Kenosha) and in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette Universtiy and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

NAMI on Campus: Student-run organizations that provide support, education, and advocacy. A program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 
ULifeline: Provides students with a link to their respective college's mental health center . Also offers a mental health library, drug database, and self evaluation. Click here to find resources at Wisconsin colleges and universities >
The JED Foundation: A national organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students.
Half of Us: The JED Foundation's campaign with mtvU uses stories of students and high-profile artists to increase awareness about mental health problems and the importance of getting help.  View video stories, learn more about emotional disorders and support others by becoming an advocate.
College Health 101: An online resource from
Student Health or Counseling Centers: Most colleges and universities have a student health center or counseling center. Check to find out what type of mental health and/or alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) services your school provides.