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College students.College Outreach

NAMI Mercer works with Mercer County colleges and universities to provide information on mental health issues.

As a partner with campus organizations and with faculty, NAMI Mercer has provided presentations for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, we participate in wellness days and anti-stigma events.

Since most major mental illness has its onset between the ages of 18 and 25, it is very important to educate the college community. The heartbreaking incidents at Northern Illinois University, Virginia Tech, and elsewhere underscore the need for awareness, advocacy, and mutual support programs to avert tragedies in the future.


Here are the goals of our college outreach efforts:

  • Increase basic understanding of signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Provide specific information about what to do and whom to contact if you observe behaviors of concern
  • Raise the awareness of the prevalence of mental illnesses and the availability of treatment
  • Increase the campus community’s ability to respond to the mental health needs of its members.

NAMI Mercer also uses the resources of NAMI on Campus, a national program of student-run, student-led clubs that provide mental health support, education, and advocacy in a university or college setting. There currently is a chapter at Rutgers University. Contact the chapter for more information.

Active Minds is another national student mental health organization with excellent resources. It works to increase student awareness of mental health issues, to encourage students to seek help early, and serves as liaison between students and the mental health community.

There are Active Minds chapters in campuses across the country, including The College of New Jersey here in Mercer County as well as Montclair State University and Ramapo College in Mahwah.

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