NASPA IV-W Critical Conversations - 2018 IMPACT Summit: College Students Mental Health Conference

Thomas Lane, Missouri State University

November 22, 2017

The IMPACT Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference, a NASPA IV-W Critical Conversation, will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Missouri State University’s Plaster Student Union located in Springfield, MO.  The Summit will include inspiring keynote speakers and over 30 breakout sessions on a variety of topics relevant to college student mental health, bringing together students, faculty, staff, clinicians, advocates, and other community members from across the region for a day-long conference on this important topic.

As a student affairs professional, you are aware of the mental health challenges many of our college students face -- issues ranging from anxiety and depression to suicidality. According to National Data on Campus Suicide and Depression, one in every 12 college students makes a suicide plan. In Missouri alone, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 10-24.  Given these troubling statistics, the topic of college student mental health is indeed a critical conversation for Student Affairs.  As a result of attending the IMPACT Summit, we intend for participants to:

  • Achieve a better understanding of important issues and concerns involving college student mental health.
  • Learn more about best/innovative practices, strategies, and research pertaining to supporting college students with mental health concerns.
  • Network and make connections with others interested in issues surrounding college student mental health.
  • Create awareness of statewide, local, national, and campus resources surrounding college student mental health.

To ensure a meaningful conference experience, the IMPACT Summit planning committee is interested in providing participants a diverse array of educational sessions pertaining to college student mental health and we need YOUR help and expertise. Submit an educational session for the Summit or encourage a potential presenter to do so. Such topics desired by the planning committee include sharing best practices or strategies in addressing college student mental health; innovative programs and services; academic research studies; personal/professional stories and experiences relevant to the conference’s subject; and/or opportunities for discussing “hot topics” in college student health. All sessions will be 50 minutes in length and should include time for participant discussion.  The call for sessions proposal form, and more Summit information, can be found at Deadline for proposal submissions is January 15, 2018. Registration for the IMPACT Summit will open February 19, 2018.

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