According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 75 percent of all mental health conditions begin before age 24. That’s one reason why college is such a risky time for students’ mental health.
To shine a light on this issue, Missouri State University will host its first ever Impact Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference on campus this spring. It will take place from 7:50 a.m.-4:50 p.m. May 2 in the Plaster Student Union.
Dr. Thomas Lane, MSU dean of students, and his graduate assistant Emma Wessel, discuss mental health and why such a conference is important.
The conference includes three national keynote speakers: Kevin Hines, a brain/mental health advocate, Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, Inc. and Mike Veny, a leading mental health speaker.
Several organizations have made the conference possible. Among them are Missouri Foundation for Health, Chartwells, Burrell Behavioral Health, NASPA IV-West – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Ozarks Technical Community College, Partners in Prevention, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and NAMI.