Advisory Council of Students’ Green Bandana Initiative

The Green Bandana Initiative, an effort spearheaded by members of the 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 this spring 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. The Green Bandana Initiative Awareness Campaign and Training Registration Week will take place statewide during the week of February 28 – March 4, with training opportunities to follow throughout the spring.

Green Bandana Initiative FAQs
Green Bandana Initiative Flyer
Green Bandana Initiative Social Media Press Kit

 

Mental Health Training Opportunities

Click here to request bandanas for your campus training

Mental Health Training Opportunities-- Find a Training at Your School - More Coming Soon

JUNE
West Virginia University– Virtual Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: West Virginia Collegiate Initiative to Advance Healthy Campus Communities (WVCIA) and West Virginia University
For: Students, faculty, and staff from WVCIA member institutions and partner organizations. Not sure if your school is a member? Check here: https://wvcia.com/membership/
June 9 and June 10 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Attendance in both sessions is required.
There are a limited number of seats available. Registration will close when all seats are filled. https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mKIf8PzKTbNvTg Once successfully registered, an email notification from mentalhealthfirstaid@mail.wvu.edu will include course instructions. Prior to meeting live, participants will receive instructions for completing two hours of pre-work.

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 rhatch@bluefieldstate.edu

 

Mental Health Training Opportunities – For students at any college or university

Virtual Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: NAMI of Greater Wheeling
Thurs 3/31/22   9 am - 3:30pm
Register: https://forms.gle/nhsv3bbXSTHGtn6J9

Virtual Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: NAMI of Greater Wheeling
Fri 4/8/22    9 am - 3:30pm
Register: https://forms.gle/nhsv3bbXSTHGtn6J9

 

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 Barri.Faucett@prestera.org

West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center at Marshall University
https://wvbhtraining.org/

To schedule a training for your school, contact: Kari Mika-Lude mikalude@marshall.edu

Past Trainings

Wheeling University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Wheeling University Counseling
For: WU students
February 28, 2022 830-10 am
In person on campus
Email to register: ttordella@wheeling.edu

West Virginia State University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: WVSU Counseling Center Robin Tabor
For: WVSU students
March 3, 2022 12:30-1:30pm
Room 131 in Student Union
Email to register: taborro@wvstateu.edu

West Virginia University - Virtual Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: WVU- Health Promotions and Wellness
For: WVU Students, Faculty, and Staff
March 4, 2022 – 8:30-11:30 a.m., with a half hour break for lunch, then noon- 2:30 p.m.
Register: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bsm307YPx5HbdD8
Note: Upon registration, you will receive an email from mentalhealthfirstaid@mail.wvu.edu with course instructions. Participants will be required to complete two hours of online, self-paced work before attending the instructor-led session on March 4.

Marshall University- Virtual Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Office of Student Affairs, Advocacy and Support
For: MU students
March 11, 2022 12:00-2:00pm
Email to register: miller138@marshall.edu

Wheeling University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Wheeling University Counseling
For: WU students
March 18, 2022 9:00—10:30 am
In person on campus
Email to register: ttordella@wheeling.edu

Glenville State – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: GSC Counseling Center
For: GSU students
Monday, March 21, 2022 5PM
In person – MCCC Room 315
Open Registration (all welcome)

WVU Tech- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Provided by: Student Health & Wellness
For: WVU Tech students, faculty and staff
March 22, 2022
Time and location TBD
Email to register: Kathleen Sauls, Director of Counseling, Kathleen.sauls@mail.wvu.edu

WVU Tech- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Provided by: Student Health & Wellness
For: WVU Tech students, faculty and staff
March 25, 2022
Time and location TBD
Email to register: Kathleen Sauls, Director of Counseling, Kathleen.sauls@mail.wvu.edu

Concord University - Campus Connect-Suicide Prevention
Provided by: CU Campus Mental Health Committee
For: CU Students
March 25, 2022 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location TBD
Email to register: Marie Newcomb mnewcomb@concord.edu

WVU Parkersburg- Youth Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: WVUP Criminal Justice Program
For: WVUP students
March 25, 2022 8:00am to 4:00pm.
In person on campus
Email to register: wwalker1@wvup.edu
Registration deadline is Friday, March 11.

Concord University - Campus Connect-Suicide Prevention
Provided by: CU Campus Mental Health Committee
For: CU Students
March 30, 2022 2:00-4:00 PM
Location TBD
Email to register: Marie Newcomb mnewcomb@concord.edu

Wheeling University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Wheeling University Counseling
For: WU students
March 30, 2022 10:30am-12:00pm
In person on campus
Email to register: ttordella@wheeling.edu

APRIL

Marshall University- Virtual Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: Office of Student Affairs, Advocacy and Support
For: MU students
April 1, 2022 11:00am-4:30pm
Email to register: miller138@marshall.edu

Pierpont Community and Technical College – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Pierpont Counseling Center Director
For: Pierpont Community and Technical College Students
April 1, 2022 1:00pm
Virtual
Email to register: access@pierpont.edu

WVU Tech- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Provided by: Student Health & Wellness
For: WVU Tech students, faculty and staff
April 4, 2022
Time and location TBD
Email to register: Kathleen Sauls, Director of Counseling, Kathleen.sauls@mail.wvu.edu

Mountwest Community and Technical College - Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center at Marshall University
For: MCTC students (limit 25 participants)
April 6, 2022 1:00-2:30 pm
Room G07A
Email to register: mikalude@marshall.edu

WVU Tech- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Provided by: Student Health & Wellness
For: WVU Tech students, faculty and staff
April 6, 2022
Time and location TBD
Email to register: Kathleen Sauls, Director of Counseling, Kathleen.sauls@mail.wvu.edu

Pierpont Community and Technical College – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Pierpont Counseling Center Director
For: Pierpont Community and Technical College Students
April 6, 2022 12:30pm
Virtual
Email to register: access@pierpont.edu

Concord University - Campus Connect-Suicide Prevention
Provided by: CU Campus Mental Health Committee
For: CU Students
April 7, 2022 2:00-4:00 PM
Location TBD
Email to register: Marie Newcomb mnewcomb@concord.edu

Wheeling University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Wheeling University Counseling
For: WU students
April 7, 2022 1:00-2:30pm
Donahue 338
Email to register: ttordella@wheeling.edu

Marshall University- Virtual Mental Health First Aid
Provided by: Office of Student Affairs, Advocacy and Support
For: MU students
April 8, 2022 10:00am-4:00pm
Email to register: miller138@marshall.edu

Wheeling University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Wheeling University Counseling
For: WU students
April 8, 2022 10:00-11:30am
Donahue 338
Email to register: ttordella@wheeling.edu

Glenville State – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: GSC Counseling Center
For: GSU students
Monday, April 11, 2022 5PM
In person – MCCC Room 315
Open Registration (all welcome)

Marshall University- Virtual Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Office of Student Affairs, Advocacy and Support
For: MU students
April 11, 2022 10:00am-12:00pm
Email to register: miller138@marshall.edu

Wheeling University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Wheeling University Counseling
For: WU students
April 12, 2022 3:00-4:30pm
In person on campus
Email to register: ttordella@wheeling.edu

Marshall University- Virtual Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Office of Student Affairs, Advocacy and Support
For: MU students
April 13, 2022 8:00-10:00am
Email to register: miller138@marshall.edu

WVU Tech- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Provided by: Student Health & Wellness
For: WVU Tech students, faculty and staff
April 14, 2022
Time and location TBD
Email to register: Kathleen Sauls, Director of Counseling, Kathleen.sauls@mail.wvu.edu

Bluefield State College – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Transition and First-Year Programs at Bluefield State College
For: Open to All
April 19, 2022 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Herbert Gallery, Student Center
Email to register: Rebekah Hatch, rhatch@bluefieldstate.edu

Concord University - Campus Connect-Suicide Prevention
Provided by: CU Campus Mental Health Committee
For: CU Students
April 19, 2022 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location TBD
Email to register: Marie Newcomb mnewcomb@concord.edu

WVU Tech- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Provided by: Student Health & Wellness
For: WVU Tech students, faculty and staff
April 23, 2022
Time and location TBD
Email to register: Kathleen Sauls, Director of Counseling, Kathleen.sauls@mail.wvu.edu

West Virginia State University- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: WVSU Counseling Center Robin Tabor
For: WVSU students
April 28, 2022 12:30-1:30pm
Room 131 in Student Union
Email to register: taborro@wvstateu.edu

Pierpont Community and Technical College – Mental Health Awareness Training
Provided by: NAMI Wheeling Chapter
For: Pierpont Community and Technical College Students
April 29, 2022 9:00am
Virtual
Email to register: access@pierpont.edu

West Virginia Student Leadership Conference – Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Provided by: Michelle Biggs, Office of Student Affairs, Advocacy and Support
For: Attendees of the 2022 West Virginia Student Leadership Conference
May 18, 2022 10:00 – 11:00am
Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center

Green Bandana Initiative in the News

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