The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Jed Foundation on Wednesday released a new guide about mental health for students and their parents. Called Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, the guide is designed to help parents and other family members discuss mental health issues with their children before they leave for college. The guide includes information on prevalence of mental health conditions, warning signs, mental health care on campuses, and health and privacy laws.
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton unveiled her proposals to improve mental health services in the United States. The plan, which the Jed Foundation helped create, included urging colleges to "have a comprehensive strategy to prevent suicide, including counseling, training for personnel, and policies that enable students to take leave for mental health."