NAMI on Campus Clubs Support the Mental Health of College Students

All too often we hear of gun violence on school and college campuses. This really hit home when UNC-Charlotte was recently affected by a tragic shooting. Many factors play into devasting gun violence, and create a lasting impact on students, faculty, and community. Ripple effects such as anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, and stress can affect the mental health of college students.

Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition – 50% develop the condition by age 14 and 75% by age 24 (1). Going off to college is a significant time of change. This transition can be challenging, stressful, and even trigger illness.  College students can find support and community through NAMI on Campus Clubs (NOC). These student-led clubs tackle mental health issues by raising awareness, educating the campus community, supporting students, and advocating for needed change. Clubs are open to all students, whether they live with a mental health condition, are a family member or a friend. NOC clubs aim to address the mental health needs of all students, so they have positive, successful and fun college experiences!

Did you know?

  • NOC clubs belong to the largest grassroots mental health organization in America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This helps to give NOC clubs credibility, recognition and support, and a platform to have voices heard and counted in the broader mental health movement.
  • NOC clubs get direct support from NAMI staff who provide technical assistance.
  • NOC clubs have access to local support groups, programs, and services through local affiliates and their NAMI State Office.
  • NAMI is a lifelong organization that focuses on people of all ages. There are many perks to being involved with NAMI on Campus that will extend beyond college years.

Here in North Carolina:

  • We have 7 NAMI on Campus clubs: NC State University, Meredith College, Duke University, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, Greensboro College, and Western Carolina University.
  • Want to start a club? Contact Virginia Rodillas, vhrodillas@naminc.org to find out more about NAMI on Campus Clubs and how to bring one to your campus!
  1. Mental Health By The Numbers. (2019, May 15). Retrieved fromhttps://nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers.

Written by: Virginia Hamlet Rodillas, M.S., CFLE, NAMI NC Helpline Manager