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    Health Innovation Council

    The Collegiate Mental Health Council elevates
    the work students are doing to fill in gaps on campus.

The Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council

The Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council

Concerns about mental health on campus have grown and gained attention in recent years. Research and reports have shown an increasing demand for supports and services on campus, but many colleges and universities cannot keep up with the needs of their students. For students, this can mean not knowing how to get help, asking for help and getting long wait times, or not getting the needed support to navigate higher education and their personal wellbeing.

While awareness campaigns are an important part of the solution, we must move away from traditional thinking to find new ways to fill gaps in services on campus to support students looking for help. It's time to focus on creative student-led solutions and advocacy.

With an understanding of the power of peer support and community, MHA's CMHIC is dedicated to highlighting innovation on-campus that utilizes new approaches to resources and supports available to students.

The members are elected every year to have monthly meetings to discuss major challenges and solutions, share their knowledge and experience with MHA's broader network, and develop an annual report highlighting trends and guides to their programs and work.

Meet the Members

Meet the Current CMHIC
Meet the 2018-2019 CMHIC
Meet the 2017-2018 CMHIC

Making Space for Mental Health on Campus


The 2018-2019 CMHIC Report

Student voices are needed now more than ever to develop innovative solutions that create healthier, more inclusive college campuses. MHA’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation (CMHIC) is dedicated to highlighting and expanding the student-led resources filling gaps in traditional supports and services on campuses across the US. This year’s report, Making Space for Mental Health on Campus, continues MHA’s emphasis on the voices of lived experience as being essential leaders in addressing the issues that impact them.

The needs and stakes are high for campus mental health. It is time for all of us to listen to the people who are most familiar with the issues—the students themselves.


Major Highlights of the 2019 Report:

  • Expanding campus-based mental health resources should not rely on students finding traditional resources and services. With the leadership of students, mental health information and resources need to be tailored to and embedded in different communities on campus to best meet their needs.
  • Students continue to demand and create formal peer support programs, even with pushback from universities.
  • To make support accessible, resources need to be available 24/7 in-person, via phone, and across campus, including in living spaces.
  • Disability cultural centers create spaces where students with disabilities can connect with one another and celebrate disability culture and identity, as opposed to emphasizing disability as an impairment.


Download the Full Report

Hear The Stories of the 2018-2019 Council Members

Photo of Anu Goel

Anu Goel , The College of William & Mary

Anu started the Brown Hall Project is a new and innovative project in process at William and Mary that is reconstructing old kitchenettes, starting with Brown Hall, into “safe spaces,” known as Wellness Rooms.

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Cat Wang , UCLA

Cat developed a mental health chatbot called Joelle Bruin to provide support for students on campus. 

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Daniel Solomon , Clemson University

Daniel created You’re Not Alone (YNA), a peer-led, mental health awareness club that provides a safe space for people to talk about their experiences and be heard in a non-judgmental fashion.

Chloe Camp

Chloe Camp , Emory University

Chloe Camp, a student at Emory University, is a 2018-2019 CMHIC member. Chloe created Emory Dark Arts (DA), a collective of individuals -- artists and not, with mental health conditions and not -- who believe in the value of artistic platforms for meaningful, honest communication about mental health. 

Kaileigh Conti

Kaileigh Conti , Boston College

Kaileigh worked on Lean On Me, a chat service run by student to provide mental health support. 

Oluwanifemi Shola-Dare

Oluwanifemi Shola-Dare , Spokane Community College

Oluwanifemi started the Mental Health Awareness club at Spokane Community College, a student-led organization whose mission is to eradicate mental health stigma and foster a community that exemplifies the true meaning of peer support.

Olivia Lubarsky

Olivia Lubarsky , Towson University

Olivia founded Own Your Roar, a mental health student group dedicated to supporting student athletes on campus with mental health concerns.

Reports from Years Past

Check out the 2017-2018 CMHIC Report, Beyond Awareness: Student-led Innovation in Campus Mental Health. The report focuses on the power of student leadership in disability supports, peer support, and technology in campus mental health and includes summaries and guides of each member's programs for expansion to additional campuses.

Download the 2017-2018 report