Today’s college students experience record-high levels of stress, depression and anxiety.

Early signs of some mental health conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia strike during young adulthood, and early detection is key to recovery.

If you are experiencing mental health challenges, it's important to know that you are not alone and that talking about it is critical.

What’s keeping you from getting help? For many students, it is shame and fear of stigma from peers that leads to suffering in silence. Let’s stop hiding and start talking!

If you are interested in changing the way mental health is perceived on your college campus, the Greater St. Louis Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council is a great opportunity to create change and remove barriers to treatment that can help students achieve recovery and their dreams.

What is the Mental Health Innovation Council?

This is a new program launched by Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri to address the mental health crisis on college and university campuses in the St. Louis area.  By serving on the Council, students will have an opportunity to:

  • Gather regularly with like-minded students from other area colleges to identify common mental health challenges and discuss solutions
  • Work with other students to organize stigma-reduction efforts that can have a collective impact on all area college campuses and improve services and supports needed for recovery
  • Learn more about and participate in community-based advocacy and volunteering
  • Develop skills and contacts that will help build your resume for that next step in your education and/or your career
  • Educate others in your community about mental health issues, improve outcomes for those living with mental illness and help to create campus environments that support students living with mental illness  
  • Monthly one-on-one mentoring for programmatic and professional growth
  • 1 to 2 vlogs per member for MHA’s social media to give other students insight into the day-to-day work of a campus mental health advocate
  • Contribution to our annual CMHIC report

Sign-Up Today!

Fill out this form, so we can send you updates and information about the Council, including upcoming events and opportunities to learn more about mental health advocacy and action.

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Interested in learning more about mental health and college students? Check out these links.

Think you might be feeling more than just a little blue? Check out our helpful online screening to determine if you should take that first step toward getting help and recovery.

Want to know more about the Council and how to get involved? Contact Sue King at 314-773-1399 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..