NAMI on Campus

By Kevin O'Connor
Posted August 4, 2016

NAMI on Campus

Metropolitan State University NAMI On Campus club has been officially established, making it the very first in the state of Minnesota. Students are invited to the kick-off planning meeting on 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the Student Center, room 201 (St. Paul campus). Food will be provided.

What is NAMI On Campus?
NAMI On Campus is a collegiate sub-group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The campus clubs are student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses whose members:

· Raise mental health awareness with fairs, walks and candlelit vigils.
· Educate the campus with presentations, guest speakers and student panels.
· Advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus.
· Support each other with signature NAMI programs from NAMI state organizations and local affiliates.

Read the “Myths vs. Facts” for more information about mental illness.

Who can join NAMI On Campus?
Membership is open to any Metropolitan State student who has a mental illness and wants to connect with similar students. NAMI On Campus is also for students who want to advocate for mental health resources, or learn more about mental illness for themselves or for a loved one. The organization also welcomes students seeking career development in mental health to supplement their academic coursework.

What are the benefits of joining?
Members of NAMI On Campus will have the support of their peers, and a platform to influence decisions that impact students with mental illness at Metropolitan State. As a member of NAMI On Campus, you will belong to the largest grassroots mental health organization in America, and have access to the staff, resources, and opportunities that come with being part of this national movement. Members of NAMI On Campus Metro State:

· Will receive funding for NAMI annual dues
· Are eligible for funding to attend local and national events
· Are informed of scholarships and resources made available only to NAMI On Campus members.

How do I sign up?
To join or to ask questions, please e-mail, and include your Metro State Tech ID 8-digit number for enrollment verification. You can also join on the university OrgSync portal at

Where Can I Get Help?
Student Counseling Services: 
If you have mental health concerns or you just need someone to talk to, please reach out to Metropolitan State’s Student Counseling Services staff. All services are free to Metropolitan students and the staff is very well-equipped to address a variety of issues that students often struggle with. Visit the SCS website for more information and to take a free, confidential mental health screening inventory: To schedule an appointment call 651-793-1568.

Center for Accessibility Resources: If you are curious about how to receive reasonable accommodations for your mental illness, contact Metro’s Center for Accessibility Resources (formerly Disability Services) for a confidential consultation and information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The CAR staff may be reached at 651-793-1549 (Voice); 651-772-7723 (TTY); The Center is located in New Main Hall, room L223 (on the second lower level).

The Metropolitan State University chapter is also on Facebook: