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Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council

It's time to focus on creative solutions to supporting mental health on campus. With guidance from MHA, the Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC) is made up of students and recent graduates who are finding new ways to make a difference in their communities. 

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 for students 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 needed support to navigate recovery.

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.

With an understanding of the power of peer support and community, Mental Health America's Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC) is dedicated to highlighting innovation on-campus that utilizes new approaches to resources and supports available to students. 

CMHIC is made up of student leaders selected from applicants across the US who are stepping up with solutions to support one another and keep their peers engaged and in school. Through CMHIC, MHA:

  • Convenes a select group of students and recent graduates with diverse backgrounds, locations, and experiences in monthly online meetings over a 6-month term.

  • Identifies innovative solutions and ways to address problems commonly reported on other campuses, including administrative and funding concerns.

  • Promotes solutions and implementation across additional campuses through a summary report, web content, and technical assistance.

In 2017, MHA convened its inaugural Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council. The members will contribute to a report on their programs and the student perspective on how to create comprehensive, sustainable, and engaging mental health services and supports on campus. The summary report from the 2017-2018 CMHIC will be released in October 2018.

Meet the 2017-2018 CMHIC.

Meet the 2018-2019 CMHIC.


Please contact Kelly Davis at with any questions. 


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