College Professionals

Taking the Next Step: Campus Mental Health Conference

Taking the Next Step: Campus Mental Health Conference took place on March 31, 2020 via Zoom. Video recordings and slide handouts for each of the sessions are available, as well as links to resources shared by attendees throughout the day.

Conference Recordings and Presentations

Campus Mental Health Conference Handouts Student Resilience On and Off Campus

Fostering Resilience On and Off Campus - Webinar

Campus Mental Health Conference Handouts Legal Considerations in College Mental Health

Legal Considerations in Mental Health - Webinar

Campus Mental Health Conference Handouts JED Comprehensive Approach

Jed Comprehensive Approach to Campus Mental Health - Webinar

Taking the Next Step Panel Discussion and Q&A

Resources – West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health

The West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health can work with colleges utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide both substance use/misuse prevention and suicide prevention through Evidence Based Programs and Practices.

Contact: Tahnee Bryant

Regional Youth Service Centers

These six regional centers target population aged 12-25. They work with colleges to address treatment and recovery options for mental health and substance use/misuse.

Contact: Kim Harrison

WV Collegiate Initiative to Address to Address High Risk Substance Use (WVCIA) works with colleges throughout the state to help reduce student substance use/misuse, reduce stigma, and provide supports for student mental health.

Resources – Evidence-Based Practices

PERTS (Project for Education Research that Scales, Stanford University)

Helps educators apply evidence-based strategies in order to advance educational excellence and equity on a large scale. We believe that properly scaling educational research can empower schools to reduce inequality and create better experiences and outcomes for students and teachers alike.

PERTS Social-Belonging for College Students

A free, evidence-based program designed to support a sense of belonging on campus to improve engagement, retention, and achievement for students at four-year colleges and universities.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.

Resources—Collegiate Recovery

In response to COVID-19 related closures, many options for peer support services are available online daily.  See Southern WV Collegiate Recovery Network’s Facebook page for the latest information and links, or visit Recovery Support Resources on our Student Resources page:

Recovery support services available on WV college campuses:

Southern WV Collegiate Recovery Network

Contact: Susan Mullens

West Virginia University

Eastern Community and Technical College

Collegiate Recovery Organizations:

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education

Higher Education Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Use

Recovery Research Institute

Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) Campuses Project

Resources—Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Prevent Suicide West Virginia

Contact: Barri Faucett

Prevent Suicide WV can visit WV campuses to provide guidance and training related to suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under grant no. 5U79SM062297 and is located at Education Development Center.

Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA)

Partnership providing leadership to advance college student mental health.

HEMHA Postvention guide

Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention - Grantees

Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grantees are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support suicide prevention work in campus, state, and tribal communities.

Resources—Institutional Investment in Mental Health

American Council on Education

ACE reports on a study that suggests that investing time and resources in student mental health makes good academic and economic sense for colleges and universities and society at large.

Investing in Student Mental Health: Opportunities and Benefits for College Leadership uses empirical evidence from college student populations and examples from college presidents to examine how higher education leadership can advocate for and invest in student mental health.

Return on Investment Calculator (R.O.I.) for College Mental Health Services and Programs

Resources- - Jed Foundation

Nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. Partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems.

Contact Conference Speaker: Nance Roy

Higher Education Webinars

JED partners with experts and organizations to provide informative webinar sessions for college and university professionals on current issues in college mental health. Including a series on Student Mental Health and the Law.

Recommended Resources Jed Foundation toolkits, programs and articles

Seize the Awkward Video Campaign

Additional Resources



Offers a 24/7 call, chat, and text line that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. The helpline provides assistance for those who need help themselves, and guidance for those seeking help for loved ones.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education teaches students, professors and other school faculty how to notice and respond to mental health and addiction challenges commonly experienced by youth in higher education settings.


SafeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice. Learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.

Active Minds

The nation's premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students.

Student-led Active Minds Chapter Advocacy Tools

Young People in Recovery (YPR)

Provides life skills and peer supports to help people recover from substance use disorder and reach their full potential.

Stigma Free WV

A project to reduce stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. Provides stories of recovery, resources and information on community members can get involved.

Help & Hope WV

Educational tools on addiction, resources for individuals, families and medical providers on substance use disorder prevention and treatment.

Resources for Teens and Families

Mindfulness and Meditation apps on CFWVConnect Student Resources Page.

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any learning challenge. The Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners.