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.

Mental Health

  • Crisis, Compassion, and Resiliency in Student Affairs
    By Katie L. Treadwell, Marijo Russell O'Grady, and Associates

    Crisis, Compassion, and Resiliency in Student Affairs focuses on the personal lived experiences of student affairs professionals who frequently encounter crisis situations and disasters on college and university campuses. The…


  • The Culture of Respect CORE Constructs Toolkit is a suite of six guides organized around the pillars of the CORE Blueprint to supplement its implementation. The guides include downloadable resources, tools,…


  • BACCHUS’s most requested pamphlet, this updated version of “Tips on Sipping,” explores for college students the concept of responsible decision-making, the effects of alcohol, social event planning and caring for…


  • This pamphlet offers an in-depth look at the issues women face in terms of alcohol use. There are many differences in the effects, the usage, and some of the behaviors…

  • Alcohol: Minimizing Your Risks
    By BACCHUS Initiatives

    This pamphlet is a program in itself! In a very nonthreatening way, students are asked to take a look at the potential risks they are facing by filling out the…

  • Certified Peer Educator Student Workbook
    By BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA

    The CPE student workbook is full of information and interactive exercises for each of the modules in the CPE Program. The activities are designed to reinforce learning and provide ample…


  • Careers in Student Affairs provides a comprehensive look at being a higher education administrator. Integrating perspectives from both research and practical application, this reader-friendly book addresses contemporary issues in the…

  • Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice
    By Needham Yancey Gulley, Shannon R. Dean, and Laura A. Dean, Editors

    Using the CAS Professional Standards is a practical text designed to highlight multiple ways to apply the standards and guidelines published by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in…


  • Celebrate peer education with this white graduation stole. The BACCHUS Initiatives logo appears on the right side of the stole, the NASPA logo appears on the left side.

  • College in the Crosshairs: An Administrative Perspective on Prevention of Gun Violence
    By Brandi Hephner Labanc and Brian O. Hemphill, Editors

    Gun violence – whether rampage shootings, homicides or suicides – is a potential reality all campuses have to face. This book provides leaders in higher education – and particularly those…


  • Leadership Exchange magazine helps prepare chief student affairs officers for the most complex management challenges in higher education today. The magazine delivers expert news and analysis on the latest trends…


  • The mission of Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP) is to publish the most rigorous, relevant, and well-respected research that makes a difference in student affairs practice. The…


  • This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their area…


  • Helping skills are an essential component of today’s student affairs practice. On a day-to-day basis, it is student affairs professionals who often work directly with students in need of mental…

  • In Search of Safer Communities
    By Margaret A. Jablonski, George McClellan, and Eugene L. Zdziarski

    The tragic shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, shocked the nation, including those of us who work in student affairs. In fall 2007, NASPA convened a working group…

  • Gambling, Its Effects and Prevalence on College Campuses
    By George McClellan, James Caswell, Beth Beck, Carol Graves Holladay, Alice A. Mitchell, and Kathleen Wong O'Connor

    While campus health topics such as substance use, risky sexual behaviors, depression, and violence have captured the attention of student affairs professionals, there is another health issue that has received…

  • College Student Mental Health
    By Sherry A. Benton & Stephen L. Benton, Editors

    College student mental health concerns are becoming more common, more challenging, and a much larger focus on college and university campuses. Faculty and staff spend countless hours each year addressing…


  • The transition from graduate school to a full-time position in student affairs can be filled with both opportunities and challenges. In order to be successful, new professionals must understand the…


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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    Every day, student affairs professionals advocate for student success on campus. Through the 2019 NASPA Hill Days experience, NASPA staff can help you carry that advocacy to the next level.

    Posted on May 7, 2019 at 01:20 PM by NASPA Blog
  • How to Achieve a Big Prevention Network as a Small College

    Leah Kareti, program manager for 360 Proof, understands the resource issues small colleges and universities face as they address alcohol prevention challenges for students. She has some great tips to share to help student affairs leaders at SCUs.

    Posted on March 27, 2019 at 12:57 PM by Small Colleges and Universities Division
  • #NASPActs19 Policy Pop-ups at #NASPA19

    Originally created during the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, NASPActs today is designed to provide ongoing outlets for social action and civic engagement opportunities, at the NASPA Annual Conference and year-round. At the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference, the #NASPActs19 Committee of the Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division is sponsoring a series of five policy pop-up sessions that coincide with the 2019 National Student Affairs Day of Action (NSADA). Each session is scheduled for 20 minutes and designed to provide #NASPA19 attendees with a brief introduction to one of five different equity and inclusion areas along with suggestions for direct action they can take on the issue immediately. For our participants in NSADA who are unable to join us in person in Los Angeles, we are providing the information and resources that will be distributed during the Policy Pop-up sessions here.

    Posted on March 11, 2019 at 10:39 AM by RPI Blog
  • Student Affairs: Integral Partners on Campus and in Congress: Remarks from IACLEA’s Hill Day

    This morning, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, joined joined Sue Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Officers (IACLEA), David Bousquet, Immediate Past President of the IACLEA Board of Directors, Abigail Boyer, Interim Executive Director of the Clery Center, and Altmann Pannell, Director of Government and External Relations at IACLEA, at a briefing for Congressional staff on issues of campus public safety as part of IACLEA’s 10th annual Capitol Hill Day. Ms. Hinds spoke on briefly on a variety of topics including federal and state budgets and financial support for higher education, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and several issues related to campus safety. Her prepared remarks are available below.

    Posted on March 6, 2019 at 11:14 AM by RPI Blog

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