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The Intercollegiate Mental Health Conference (IMHC) aims to gather the best practices on mental health from college campuses across the nation. IMHC will bring together campus leaders to share those practices and develop solutions to relevant issues. This will empower mental health leaders with the knowledge necessary to create and implement successful solutions to challenges shared with other campuses.


FRIDAY: Registration
1:00PM-3:00PM Registration
3:00PM-5:00PM Georgia Schools: Panel on Mental Health Resource Accessibility
Non-Georgia Schools: Registration/Tours
5:00PM-6:00PM Georgia Schools: Breakout/Discussion
Non-Georgia Schools: Registration/Tours
6:00PM-8:00PM Mental Health Vendor Showcase
8:00PM-9:00PM Dinner/Networking Event
8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM-9:30AM Keynote: Education and Awareness
9:30AM-10:30AM Breakout
10:30AM-11:30AM Breakout
11:30AM-12:00PM Keynote: Multidisciplinary Initiatives
12:00PM-1:00PM Breakout
1:00PM-2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM-2:30PM Keynote: Vulnerable Populations
2:30PM-3:30PM Breakout
3:30PM-4:30PM Breakout
5:00PM-7:00PM Best Practices Showcase and Reception
SUNDAY: Case Studies Day
8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast/Opening to Case Studies
9:00AM-11:00AM Case Studies
11:00AM-12:00PM Presentation of Ideas
12:00PM-12:30PM Closing

IMHC will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center from February 15-17, 2019. For more information on the venue click here.

Georgia Panel on Mental Health Resource Accessibility

This panel will focus on resource accessibility for students through three key perspectives:

  • Public Resources: How can schools leverage resources in the Atlanta area to improve provision of care?
  • Mental Health Policy: What policies nationally, state-wide, and within the University System of Georgia affect provision of care at schools?
  • Technology: How and what technologies (e.g. apps) can be integrated into current systems of care?

  • Mental Health Vendor Showcase

    This event will feature vendors from industry to academia showcasing nouveau approaches to improve mental health. Whether it be a mindfulness app or a meta-analysis on telemental health services, vendors will provide a unique perspective to how we approach mental health.

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout sessions will typically consist of round-table style discussions with a moderator to ensure productivity. Questions from the moderator will be released to participants before the event. Notes will be taken throughout the discussion to be included in the Best Practices Manual. When attendance is finalized in January, we will release a survey to indicate subtopic preferences and assign participants accordingly.

    Best Practices Showcase

    This showcase will allow each institution to highlight a best practice they would like to be shared nationally. Each school is required to submit a poster. The showcase will also serve as a networking event for leaders in mental health to connect and foster collaboration.

    Case Studies

    The last day of the Conference will draw upon participants' expertise to solve case studies. Case studies provide a practical implementation of knowledge gained over the course of the Conference.


    Nance Roy

    JED Foundation, Chief Clinical Officer

    Wendy Tiegreen

    Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

    Courtney Crooks

    Georgia Tech Research Institute

    Wendy Farmer

    CEO of Behavioral Health Link

    Carla Bradley

    Director for Georgia Tech Counseling Center


    Archie Ervin

    Georgia Tech Vice President for Institute Diversity

    Kim Jones

    Executive Director for Georgia's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    Collin Spencer

    Director for Mental Health Student Coalition at Georgia Tech



    We request seven attendees from each school with the following stipulations:

  • 3 must be undergraduate students involved in mental health and student leadership on campus
  • 2 must be graduate students involved in mental health and student leadership on campus
  • 2 must be non-students (faculty, staff, or administration), with 1 non-student being a mental health practitioner on campus (e.g. Director of Counseling Center)

  • Fees

    Our goal is to provide the lowest barrier to entry possible for our attendees. This Conference was generously funded by Georgia Tech's Joint Allocations Committee, a $1,000,000 fund for mental health initiatives created by our student government and administration after the tragic shooting of Scout Schultz. Rooms and meals, except for dinner on Saturday, will be provided free of charge to all attendees. Each attendee must cover their own costs for transportation.

    Best Practices

    For Best Practices, please review the documents provided here.


  • December 1st: Attendee list submitted to
  • January 18th: Best Practices and poster for Best Practices Showcase submitted to
  • January 25th: Best Practices reviewed and edits returned.
  • January 28th: Best Practices distributed to all attendees
  • February 15th: Arrival
  • February 15-17th: Intercollegiate Mental Health Conference held
  • April 22nd: Best Practices Manual published online
  • About Us

    Mental Health Student Coalition

    In 2013 a collection of leaders from the Student Government Association released a white paper on mental health at Georgia Tech. Contained within it was a critical analysis of factors that contribute to Tech's depressogenic environment. In response, the President of the institute commissioned the first Mental Health Task Force to further investigate and generate recommendations on mental health. After the team had completed their task, several student leaders banded together to form what is now known as the Mental Health Student Coalition. Our role is to innovate and advocate for changes in policies and programs that improve the mental health of students. We work closely with student leadership, administration, mental health resources, and faculty on campus in all of our endeavors. While the original membership has graduated, we have always functioned in the spirit of that first Task Force.

    MHSC Executive Board

    Collin Spencer


    Elena Buter

    Logistics Committee Co-Chair

    Andrew Grissom

    Logistics Committee Co-Chair

    Katie Ferguson

    Programming Committee Co-Chair

    Hannah Keatley

    Programming Committee Co-Chair

    Kristen Vossler

    Outreach Committee Chair

    Tristan McPhail

    Academics Committee Chair

    Lauren Prinn

    Logistics Committee

    Rebecca Kaufman

    Outreach Committee

    Rachael Price

    Programming Committee

    Intercollegiate Mental Health Conference

    On September 16, 2017 the Georgia Tech student body witnessed the tragic death of Scout Schultz. They were the President of Pride Alliance and a beloved student leader on campus. It was clear to student leadership that this event was indicative of systemic issues related to mental health on campus. In response, we worked alongside other student leadership and administration to establish two major initiatives: Action Teams and a one-million dollar fund for mental health initiatives managed by the Joint Allocations Committee (JAC). The Action Teams had one month to analyze and produce recommendations in the areas of: LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, and Campus Culture. Upon completion and reflection, it was noted that Tech was severely lacking in its ability to benchmark Tech's mental health systems against other colleges. Furthermore, few of the recommendations produced were new ideas that had not been discussed before. We realized that a primary barrier to improving mental health was a lack of knowledge on programs and policies proven to work on other campuses. Poor mental health on college campuses is the rule, not the exception. In turn, each college has had to develop a set of practices to best address the issues they face. Why, then, are we trying to build a wheel with little knowledge or guidance when a detailed blueprint and analysis may already exist?

    With all of this in mind, the Intercollegiate Mental Health Conference was a logical progression of thought. We call it a conference, but at its core IMHC is a research initiative to identify, evaluate, and share the principal components of effective college mental health systems. This is an ambitious project that has potential to save lives and improve the higher education experience for all students. There is a great deal of work to be done beyond IMHC and a long journey ahead, yet we find solace knowing the next step forward is one we take together.