Peer support for students with mental illness

By Kevin O'Connor
Posted June 17, 2016

Peer support for students with mental illness

NAMI On Campus, a sub-group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is coming to Metropolitan State. NAMI on 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 Affiliates.

Alysia Lajune, the Student Life Leadership Development Coordinator and current member of NAMI-Minnesota, will serve as advisor of Metro’s NAMI On Campus club, and will be collaborating frequently with Student Counseling Services and Disability Services to ensure that students are well-informed and well-served.

NAMI on Campus is recruiting students to join this new organization. They are asking students that know a student who has struggled with mental health problems, to please extend a personal invitation to him/her/them to consider joining NAMI On Campus, and share the the information contained here and here. Membership is also open to any student who wants to advocate for mental health resources, or simply learn more about mental illness for themselves, for a loved one, and/or for career development. Students should contact: directly to join or to get more information.