At least one in four students experience a mental health challenge. For those who have not personally experienced anxiety, depression, or another mental health concern, chances are they know those who have. Name Your Story gives students the opportunity to not only learn about the signs and symptoms of some of the most common mental health problems affecting college students today, but this online program provides training on how to talk about these experiences with each other.

The Name Your Story online education program includes:

  • Your choice of up to 18 online learning modules
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Depressive and bipolar disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Psychotic disorders
    • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Substance use and abuse
    • Suicide and how to get help
    • Understanding healthy vs. abusive relationships
    • Self-care
    • Mindfulness
    • Managing stress
    • How to talk about mental health
    • How to get help
    • Finding wellness within
    • Training for leaders
    • Training for advisors
    • Mental health for fraternity members
    • Mental health for sorority members
  • Onboarding and follow-up emails to all participants
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Facilitation guide for student leaders, advisors, and faculty to further the discussion surrounding mental health
  • Letter to parents about the program
  • Resource guide tailored to your campus or organization
  • Pre/Post assessment to evaluate student understanding, their opinions, and additional questions
  • Optional customization with your university or organizational branding

Name Your Story is the perfect platform to help students gain a new perspective on mental health. Education on mental health allows students to feel more comfortable finding the resources they need to live healthier lives.

About Our Contributors

Lauren Cook

As a mental health professional, Lauren saw countless college students struggling with emotional health issues. Lauren has met with hundreds of students who are privately struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and the like. Lauren found students were desperate for help and were either too afraid or overwhelmed to get the support they needed. With her master’s in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California, and her current work toward her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine, she has been able to help students who have been struggling.
Lauren wanted to create something that thousands of students could immediately access. She is the author of two books, The Sunny Side Up! Celebrating Happiness and Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly About Mental Health While Embracing Wellness, the basis of the Name Your Story online education program.
Lauren believes that the best thing that students can do for their mental health is to empower themselves by gaining knowledge which includes the signs and symptoms of disorders, along with how to access help. Lauren seeks to help students take ownership for their journey and to no longer feel ashamed for needing or wanting help. Name Your Story in a platform to help students begin and/or continue their journey to mental health and wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I bring Name Your Story to my institution?

Your community can be up and running with Name Your Story in as little as 24 hours, depending on contracting and data collection. Here is what the process looks like:

1. Work with your institution and the appropriate entities to handle contracting information for the campus, covering uses of the programs, rights, features, and data collection.
2. Compile the necessary contact information. We will need email addresses and names for all participants in an MS Excel .XLS file. Our team will work to ensure this file is properly uploaded for easy access.
3. You will receive an administrator login and access to the learning management system to monitor the program as needed.
4. Campus participants will receive an email detailing program access, outlining use, expectations, and technical information. You can choose to assign a specific time in which they are required to access and complete the program.
5. Depending on contracting and usage, the campus participants will gain access to the program for as long as needed to complete the curriculum. Throughout this process, participants and campuses will have 24/7 tech support. Additionally, real time data collection will be available for campus administrators and moderators.