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Notice. Talk. Act.® at School College Edition

Notice. Talk. Act.® at School: College Edition is a mental health professional development program for staff, administration and student leaders to learn how to help in connecting individuals to supportive services at the first sign of distress.

Colleges and universities across the U.S. are continuing to grapple with the steadily increasing population of individuals with mental health concerns who are a part of their campus community. Though service utilization has increased, many individuals with mental health concerns still do not receive treatment.

According to data from the 2017-2018 Healthy Minds Study:

  • 37% of college individuals have a lifetime diagnosis of a mental health concern.
  • 47% of college students who screened positive for depression and/or anxiety did not receive any connection to care in the last year.
  • Overall, the rate of death by suicide in the college-aged population has increased by 43% from 2017 to 2018.

Because of high rates of mental health concerns among U.S. college students, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation believes that faculty and staff on your college campus are in a prime position to make a difference.

As a result of our program, members of your college campus community will be able to:

  1. Notice early warning signs,
  2. Talk to the individual about what they noticed, and
  3. Act to connect the individual to support services.

Program Components

The first step of the Notice. Talk. Act.®: College Edition program, the Electronic Learning Module, is designed to help members of your college campus community learn basic mental health knowledge and how to Notice. Talk. Act.®: notice warning signs, talk about warning signs, and act appropriately in referring individuals to resources. The elements of the program will be highlighted throughout the E-Learning Module.

Live Skill-Based Training Session

With the in-person Classroom-Based Training, members of your college campus community, including faculty and staff will be given opportunities to hone their skills of noticing warning signs, talking about warning signs, and acting appropriately in referring individuals.

3-month, 6-month, and 12-month Assessments

Check-in with Assessments at 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month assessment check-in is recommended to gauge if the program approach is being followed by those who have participated in the training and for further training improvements.

Program Contacts

Christopher Seeley, MSW
Program Director, School and Justice Initiatives