It's Real: College Students and Mental Health — AFSP

It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health

"Mental health issues are a very real and growing problem among college students. We want to make sure that those struggling know they are not alone. There are many resources available to help them, and we at J.B. Hunt are supporting efforts to make suicide awareness education more prevalent on campuses across the country." -- Stuart Scott, executive vice president and chief information officer, J.B. Hunt

It’s Real is a documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country.

The AFSP-produced film It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students, and is intended to be used as part of a school’s educational program to encourage help-seeking.

By featuring real stories and experiences, It’s Real conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.

This 17-minute film is accompanied by facilitator’s tools and resources, including a Facilitator’s Guide containing talking points and additional information, and is intended as a group presentation. The film and facilitator tools may be purchased in either DVD or Digital Download formats. For more information about It’s Real, read our press release or check out a recent blog by Maranda Rosier about her experience participating in the film

Contact your local chapter to bring It’s Real to a campus near you, or purchase directly using one of the two links below.

Click here for templates and forms to use at your next It’s Real program event.

Special thanks to our marketing sponsor, J.B. Hunt.

It's Real DVD and Facilitator's Guide

It’s Real is available in two formats. The link below will take you to AFSP’s store where you may purchase a DVD with the facilitator’s guide for direct shipping.

It's Real Online Download

It’s Real is available in two formats. The link below will take you to AFSP’s online education platform where you may purchase online access to all video files along with the facilitator’s guide.

We want your feedback

If you’ve attended an It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health program, we’re excited to hear your feedback. Please choose the link below that best describes your experience with It’s Real. Your feedback helps make our programs better.