Student Mental Health Advocates (S.M.H.A) is the only student organization at the University of Oregon utilizing the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on campus. We work to increase students’ awareness of mental health and serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community by providing information and resources; encouraging students to seek help as soon as it is needed; and bringing students and staff together through both social and educational events that promote positive mental health.
Raise awareness about mental health and mental illness through our events, meetings, and tabling days, stress less, among other things. To create an environment where individuals can freely communicate about their questions about mental health and well-being.
Eliminate stigma towards mental illnesses by disseminating information through our events and communications, social media, posters, and helping individuals understand mental illness is non discriminatory in who it affects.
Provide connections to mental health resources and establish an inclusive understanding campus environment to help students achieve optimal mental wellness.
Encourage interdisciplinary and inter-professional participation by interacting with students and faculty in health science disciplines and non-health science disciplines through the promotion of our events, co-sponsorships, talks, and so forth.
Maintain an active role within the campus community by providing anyone with opportunities to volunteer, learn and when they need support by sending them to the NAMI On Campus group provided by NAMI of Lane County. Work alongside the UO community groups, leadership, administration, and staff to remove the stigma associated with mental health and shape policies on campus.
Remain vigilant and advocate the Administration when policies change, rules change, or programs are enacted that affect students and do not promote a positive affect on the well being of the students at the UO and its community.