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Join the Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council
of Greater St. Louis!

The Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council of Greater St. Louis is a great opportunity for college students to create change on how mental health is perceived on college campuses and remove barriers to treatment that can help students achieve recovery and pursue their dreams.

Today’s college students experience record-high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety.

Early signs of some mental health conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia begin during young adulthood, and early detection is key to recovery.

If you are experiencing mental health challenges, it's important to know that you are not alone and that talking about it is critical. For many students, shame and fear of stigma from peers leads to suffering in silence.

Let’s stop hiding and start talking!

What is the Collegiate Council?

Launched in 2020 by Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, the Collegiate Council empowers students attending colleges and universities in the St. Louis area with opportunities to:

Gather regularly with like-minded students from other colleges to identify common mental health challenges and discuss solutions.
Work with peers to organize stigma-reduction efforts that can improve services and supports needed for recovery on area campuses.
Learn more about and participate in community-based advocacy and volunteering.
Educate others about mental health issues, improve outcomes for those living with mental illness, and help create campus environments that support students living with mental illness.

Collegiate Council Members

Ebony Carter

Ebony Carter

Harris-Stowe State University, Political Science/Pre-Law

“I hope to become more knowledgeable about mental health conditions and ways to help someone experiencing them. I think if we had more interactive activities involving mental health on campus it could be a possible solution to addressing mental health and filling in gaps.”

Jala Chalichama

Jala Chalichama

Saint Louis University, Neuroscience/Pre-Med

“I want to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, as its effects are endangering college students across the nation. I would like to make a difference for those who feel restricted and unable to speak about their mental health issues by creating safe spaces where everyone is comfortable enough in a community free of stigma.”
Kai Lloyd

Kai Lloyd

Harris-Stowe State University, Psychology

“A lot of college students come from underserved communities, low-income housing and backgrounds that have been plagued by a lack of resources, and trauma as a result. The first step is to make people aware of what resources they have and make them easy to access.”

Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell

Saint Louis University, Clinical Psychology

“I want to hear how other universities in the area are supporting their students and to share my ideas and those of my colleagues with the Council. I think in the past, we have seen a lack of emphasis on mental health on college campuses. This year, as administrators are concerned about isolated students, we are looking to promote mental health advocacy.”

Mackenzie Jones

Mackenzie Jones

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, Chemistry and Psychology

“I think a big obstacle for college students is trying to find the help they need. I also think it would be great to implement more mental health activities and opportunities for students throughout the year. If peers or staff can help students take that first step, it might not seem as intimidating.”

Bryan Reed

Bryan Reed

Harris-Stowe State University, Educational Studies

“What I see is that nobody really talks about mental health on campus. Mental health is very important, especially during the time we are living in now. I would like to help other people get help if they need it.”

Hope Stratman

Hope Stratman

Saint Louis University, Social Work and Psychology

“The Collegiate Council is an incredible opportunity to improve mental health among college students at my university as well as colleges across St. Louis. I want to initiate positive change at my university and gain a better understanding of how to expand mental health support.”

Megan Tweedie

Megan Tweedie

Saint Louis University, Social Work

“I want to help set up new programs at colleges that can support students with mental illnesses. There is a lack of information about mental health, and I feel like there are more programs we could implement that would educate students.”

Julia Lanfersieck

Julia Lanfersieck

Saint Louis University, Neuroscience and Biology

"I am interested in hearing the voices of other St. Louis area college students working as mental health advocates. This will allow me to better implement mental health advocacy and educational efforts on my campus. Our combined knowledge can create greater change.” 

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Want to know more about the Collegiate Council and how to get involved? Contact Sue King at 314.773.1399 or Sue.King@mha-em.org.

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