Advisory Council of Students’ Green Bandana Initiative

The Green Bandana Initiative, an effort spearheaded by members of the 2021-2022 State Advisory Council of Students, is a mental health awareness and training campaign aimed at encouraging students at West Virginia's colleges and universities to receive peer-level mental health training AND at bringing about increased awareness of the importance of mental health. The Green Bandana Initiative is intended to be a student-led effort, calling on SGA members and other student leaders on campus to help spread the word about mental health trainings such as Mental Health First Aid, QPR, SafeTALK, or other evidence-based mental health/gatekeeper trainings to their fellow students and encourage them to sign-up and be trained. Students completing training will receive a green bandana to wear or tie to their bookbag to signify to other students that they have been trained and can offer peer-level assistance. The green bandanas worn by the trained students also serve to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Green Bandana Initiative Flyer
Green Bandana Initiative FAQs
GBI Shareable social media posts (select the campus mental health tab)
Green Bandana Initiative Social Media Press Kit 


Mental Health Training Opportunities

To request bandanas for your campus training, as supplies last, email with your name, shipping address, number requested and date of event(s).

Don’t see anything scheduled for your school

Check out these mental health training opportunities available from Prevent Suicide WV. To schedule a training for your school, contact Prevent Suicide WV:  Barri Faucett

West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center at Marshall University

To schedule a training for your school, contact: Kari Mika-Lude

Bluefield State College- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Transition and First-Year Programs at Bluefield State College
For BSC Students
Email to schedule a training for your group: Rebekah Hatch


Green Bandana Initiative in the News

Youtube: Marshall Green Bandana Initiative

News Release:  College student leaders across West Virginia launch Green Bandana Initiative to create greater visibility for student mental health

MetroNews: College student leaders in West Virginia launch initiative to help with student mental health

WV Gazette Mail: College students take on mental health with Green Bandana Initiative

WTAP: Green Bandana Initiative looks to address student mental health

WKMZ News: Green Bandana Initiative

News and Sentinel: Glenville State students participate in Green Bandana Initiative

WBOY: Glenville students wear green bandanas for suicide prevention

WVU Mountaineer eNews: WVU student leaders help launch initiative to create greater visibility for student mental health

WVU Potomac State College News: Keyser Campus students complete mental health training