Mental Health Awareness, Outreach, & Anti-Stigma Resources

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Counseling Center

LiveWell: Office of Health Education, Promotion, and Wellness

Compeer Program

508.999.8843 or 508.542.0203
Compeer (companion+peer) is an award-winning volunteer program that uses the power of friendship to help people in mental health recovery live happier, more satisfying lives by reducing social isolation and increasing the likelihood of community integration. The Compeer program is a complement to traditional therapy. 

Compeer recruits, screens and matches volunteers with people experiencing emotional issues or recovering from mental illness.  A Compeer friendship can make a substantial improvement in a participant's self-worth, a key ingredient in bringing a person back into the mainstream of community life.

UMass Dartmouth students may receive academic credit for being Compeer volunteers. Psychology, social work, crime and justice, nursing, pre-med and pre-law students may find the Compeer experience professionally, as well as personally, valuable. The UMass Dartmouth nursing program and psychology department are offering the Compeer experience as a one-credit experiential course entitled "An Experiential Look at Mental Illness."

QPR Suicide Prevention Workshops
QPR is a suicide prevention program. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Learn more about the QPR suicide prevention program, including upcoming workshops. 

Want to schedule a QPR workshop? Contact us.

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Active Minds

Active Minds is a national, nonprofit organization that develops and supports student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy chapters on college campuses across the country.

Half of Us

Half of Us, a partnership between mtvU and The Jed Foundation, seeks to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.

What a Difference a Friend Makes
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched the Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems. The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in this age group is almost double that of the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors.

This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.

ADS Center (SAMHSA's Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma)
Provides practical assistance in designing and implementing anti-stigma and anti-discrimination initiatives by gathering and maintaining best practice information, policies, research, practices, and programs to counter stigma and discrimination; and actively disseminating anti-stigma/anti-discrimination information and practices to individuals, States and local communities, and public and private organizations.