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September 19, 2023

Call for Programs Deadline

October 31, 2023

Early Bird Registration Deadline

December 5, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

NASPA Mental Health Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

Division/Group Events Health, Safety, and Well-being Wellness and Health Promotion

The NASPA Mental Health Conference will shine a light on best practices for reducing barriers to seeking mental health support and meeting evolving student needs. Conference sessions will discuss the mental health care of students within a context of power and privilege, as well as focus on campus collaborations and issues at all levels, from individual to national trends.


Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives


Mental health is a critical concern impacting college student well-being, learning, and success. Data from the 2019-2020 report from the Healthy Minds Study shows that 37% of college students surveyed report having had a mental health diagnosis, and 30% of college students having accessed mental health therapy or counseling in the last year. 

Despite these numbers, stigma is still high: 47% of students agreed with the statement that "most people would think less of someone who has received mental health treatment”. Institutions of higher education across the country report increased mental health issues on campus, as well as increased severity of concerns, emphasizing the importance of effective, evidence-informed strategies that serve a diverse student population.

The NASPA Strategies Conferences convene efforts regarding collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and well-being in a comprehensive conference experience.

Learn more about the 2024 NASPA Strategies Conferences, including exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities.

2023 Conference Themes and Learning Outcomes

Creating Capacity

  • Explore new and innovative service models to address growing client waiting lists and limited or reduced provider capacity;
  • Identify  challenges, successes, and lessons learned in addressing administrative, financial, and other  barriers to student access to mental health services;
  • Explore effective strategies to promote help-seeking and referral to mental health services;
  • Explore innovative strategies to promote equitable access and inclusion in mental health service delivery across the prevention and intervention spectrum;
  • Identify new and innovative strategies to promote increased awareness of and access to mental health services for students;
  • Identify the unique challenges to recruiting and retaining mental health staff on college campuses;
  • Develop strategies to enhance retention and recruitment of mental health staff on college campuses.

Cross- Campus Collaboration and Coordination

  • Highlight successful interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration models
  • Explore models of successful collaborations with local, state, and national organizations aimed to promote mental health on campus
  • Identify keys to successful cross-campus collaboration in the delivery of mental health services
  • Explore how mental health intersects with violence prevention and response,  substance misuse, and collegiate recovery efforts on campus
  • Identify and explore the intersections among the multiple and very complex roles assumed by mental health professionals, including clinical, advocacy, administrative, and other roles

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Identify barriers to mental health and well-being among traditionally underserved and historically marginalized populations and strategies to address social justice and identity-related stress;
  • Highlight models supporting the provision of inclusive services, as well as the recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse staff members to respond to current and emerging student needs;
  • Discuss the strategic, ethical, and practical aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the delivery of mental health services and the promotion of a healthy environment for all members of the campus community;
  • Explore the mental health needs of students representing individual and cultural diversity and best practices to respond to these needs within the contextual framework of power and privilege.

Current Trends and Emerging Issues

  • Highlight innovative and effective programming across the public health spectrum focused on supporting and enhancing student mental health;
  • Examine current national trends and socio-political  issues and their relationship to the provision of mental health services on campus;
  • Identify effective treatment strategies to address depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, substance misuse, risk for suicide, and other mental health concerns experienced by college students;
  • Explore professional and ethical considerations in the delivery of mental health services;
  • Explore new and innovative strategies to support the re-engagement of students, faculty, staff members, and administrators on campus as the nation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Examine institutional and other potential barriers to providing increased mental health services on campus;
  • Identify strategies to effectively communicate the need for increased resources to the institution;
  • Explore strategies to address and overcome institutional barriers.

Successful and Innovative Solutions

  • Explore innovative and effective strategies that are relevant and responsive to a range of target populations, including first-year students, student-athletes, veterans, international students, first-year students, and other groups;
  • Highlight  innovative and effective programming across the public health spectrum focused on supporting and enhancing student mental health;
  • Explore new and innovative strategies, programs, and policies to promote student resilience, connection, and belonging;
  • Identify strategies and practices to address the challenges facing campus community members who are supporting students (e.g., mental health providers, student affairs staff, faculty, administrators, etc.) through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond;
  • Identify strategies and practices that reimagine the intersection of resilience among mental health professionals during an endemic (i.e., COVID, Social Justice, Opioid, Mental Health);
  • Explore strategies for campus stakeholder collaboration aimed at developing unified and actionable mental health and wellbeing goals and messaging.

2024 NASPA Mental Health Strategies Conference Committee