Mental health conditions don’t mean you can’t achieve college success. But, attention problems, depression, anxiety and mood disorders, and medication side-effects can make college a challenge. If you are diagnosed with a mental health condition, visit your college’s Disability Services office for more information on how your college can help you succeed.
- Top Online Colleges in 2016
- How are you? (U of M)
- Jed Foundation
- Half of Us
- Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance
- Power of You (Minneapolis Community & Technical College)
- Active Minds
- College Resources for Persons with Disabilities
- Career Guide for Students with Disabilities
- Understanding Cyberbullying in College
- A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities
- Shire ADHD Scholarship
- American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship
- Bipolar Lives Scholarship
- The Charles A. Olayinka Scholarship
NAMI on Campus
NAMI on Campus Clubs are peer-led, mental health awareness clubs on high school and college campuses. Student members raise awareness on their campuses about mental health, reduce stigma, and become advocates.
NAMI on Campus Clubs are not support groups or therapy groups.
Clubs are open to all students, faculty and staff, regardless of their own experiences with mental health or illness. For more information or to start a NAMI on Campus contact email@example.com.
The Silver Ribbon Campaign
Restrictive Procedures in Schools fact sheet, here.
Scholarships for trade schools are hard to come by. This is a resource for more information on potential sources of vocational school scholarships.
Advice from Students
“The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to not be afraid. Mental illness can be a scary thing; but it doesn’t have to be.
Don’t be afraid to admit that something is wrong. It took me three years before I was willing to admit that I needed help, and it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made. Having a mental illness doesn’t make you weak or crazy. It is a disease like any other. Once you admit to yourself that something is wrong, you can begin to make it right again.
You won’t do well in school if you aren’t healthy and you won’t be spending time with your friends if you aren’t happy. Do whatever you have to in order to feel better. What matters most is YOU.
And remember, regardless of how you feel, you aren’t alone.”
“One of the most important things you can do is find a support network. I am fortunate to have family that is extremely supportive. If you do not, it is crucial to find those people anywhere that you can.”
For more information on college success, check out the University of Michigan’s mental health support site.