Mental Health

The Mental Health Focus Area supports ongoing efforts to address the mental health issues that students face. As the stigma surrounding mental health continues to dwindle, student affairs practitioners will continually be facing and adapting to new challenges. NASPA provides support for those individuals in the form of specialized conference experiences, Knowledge Communities, and extensive research on the subject.

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Mental Health
Initiatives & Awards

Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses
Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses logo
Postvention provides professionals with predetermined strategies and responses in the wake of a death or crisis on campus.
CU Thrive
CU Thrive logo
CU Thrive is a program built specifically for college students to help them explore, understand, and share their unique college experiences.
Just In Case
Just In Case App is for suicide prevention

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    Catch up on this week's trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: Another higher ed bill stalled in Congress; The pros and cons of Purdue’s 7-year freeze; A federal experiment flounders; 100 top colleges vow to enroll more low-income students; At what cost wi-fi?

    Posted on April 22, 2018 at 02:22 PM by NASPA Blog
  • The Well-Balanced Nudge: How to Impact Behavior without Limiting Choice

    From slicing apples to sending texts, education professionals have drawn from a growing suite of behavioral insights to design interventions that positively influence student behavior. Nudging can take on a variety of forms that range in strength and scale, but with such an adaptable concept comes the need to prevent confusion or unintentional misuse in practice. While behavioral interventions are rightfully discussed for their potential to achieve large-scale change at low costs, it’s also worth underscoring the importance of implementing nudges with fidelity. Ethical nudges should be designed with the intention of benefitting those being nudged, and they should never be misleading, coercive, or restrictive. As illustrated in a satirical cartoon from the Behavioral Scientist magazine, a “gentle tap of good sense” falls neatly in the center of the nudge continuum, whereas “feather of statistical insignificance” and “bat of paternalistic overreach” lie on opposite ends. In this post, NASPA's Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley offers a few suggestions for ways student affairs professionals can strike the right balance on the nudging scale.

    Posted on April 19, 2018 at 03:06 PM by RPI Blog
  • Free Speech Tensions: Responding to Bias on College and University Campuses

    Despite the increasing development of bias response teams on college and university campuses, little scholarship has examined these teams and, in particular, team leaders’ approaches to understanding the role of free speech in responding to bias.

    Posted on April 17, 2018 at 09:28 AM by NASPA Blog
  • Three things you can do to further emergency aid efforts at your institution

    Let’s presume for a moment you are aware of students at your institution who face food or housing insecurity, have had an unexpected emergency, or contemplated dropping out or leaving mid-semester due to some financial burden they hadn’t anticipated. Considering that reality, what are three things you can do, no matter your role at an institution, to assist students in these types of situations?

    Posted on April 16, 2018 at 05:26 AM by NASPA Blog

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