West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Health Services: NAMI on Campus

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

College Students and Mental Health – Some Facts

According to NAMI.org*:

  • More than 25% of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year
  • 64% of young adults who are no longer in college are not attending because of a mental health related reason. Depression, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder are the primary diagnoses of these young adults.
  • Student concerns about stigma is the #1 reason why students do not seek help

According to the West Valley College ACHA NCHA** Spring 2010 Report:

  • 26.4% of students reported feeling hopeless and 22.1% of students reported feeling overwhelmed within the last 12 months
  • 25% of students reported feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, 21% reported overwhelming anger and nearly 20% of students reported that they were so depressed that it was difficult to function within the last 12 months
  • 5.7% of students reported that they have seriously considered suicide and 2.3% of students have attempted suicide in that last 12 months

Why NAMI on Campus?

  • According to NAMI.org
  • It is becoming increasingly important to provide mental health based services and support for students on campus
  • Students with mental health issues are more likely to struggle academically, financially and socially than students who do not suffer with mental health issues
  • Students can help in erasing stigma associated with Mental Illness 

According to the West Valley College ACHA NCHA Spring 2010 Report: 

  • 42.7% of students are interested in receiving information about stress reduction
  • 36.5% of students are interested in receiving information about depression and anxiety
  • 28.5% of students are interested in receiving information about suicide prevention 

 Objectives of NAMI on Campus:

  • Provide a peer-to-peer support network for students
  • Host mental health and wellness events to help educate students, faculty and staff
  • Raise awareness through targeted activities on specific issues of concern
  • Development of NAMI on Campus will be supported by ASO, Health Services, DESP, Student Development and MHSAC, with focus on:
  • Identifying students interested in building peer-to-peer support and activity development
  • Conducting focus groups to implement on and off campus activities and events
  • Disseminating educational resources and information for students, faculty and staff 

Outcomes of Student Involvement with NAMI on Campus:

  • Becoming proficient in providing support and accessing resources related to mental health issues
  • Gaining knowledge of relevant issues, becoming familiar with campus and external supportive services, making healthy choices, adopting healthy health seeking behaviors and embracing preventative health as a campus-wide priority
  • Students with lived experience will feel included and supported; those in recovery will receive further encouragement through peer involvement

If you are interested in being part of NAMI on the West Valley College campus or would like more information, please contact Student Health Services at 408.741.2027.

*NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness:   www.nami.org 
**ACHA NCHA is the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment


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