Improving Your Mental Health Knowledge

Welcome to our dedicated space for fostering a deeper understanding of mental health and trauma within our academic community. Recognizing the importance of well-being for students, faculty, and staff, we have curated a comprehensive collection of resources to support your journey in gaining insight into these critical aspects of human experience.

In the pursuit of creating an inclusive and compassionate educational environment, we invite you to explore the resources provided here, which encompass valuable information, tools, and strategies to enhance your knowledge and skills in promoting mental health and resilience.

Together, let us build a community that prioritizes the well-being of every member, fostering an atmosphere of empathy, understanding, and support.

Red folder graphic

Red Folder Initiative

Students may experience different levels of distress across various areas of their lives. The type and amount of distress they are experiencing will require different actions and resources.

The Red Folder initiative is a guide to help faculty, staff, student leaders, and others who interact with students to recognize, respond effectively to, and refer Penn State students in distress.

A hand holding a heart

Care and Concern Report

Safety on our campuses and in our communities is everyone’s responsibility.

Share a concern about a student’s academic progress, wellness, or safety. The program's main purpose is to be proactive in assisting students by identifying students of concern and intervening early with students who appear to be having academic or health/safety issues.

A Suspenders For Hope T-Shirt


Penn State Altoona Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is pleased to provide a mental health awareness and suicide prevention program available for our campus community, a collaboration with our student body through student-initiated fee funding. The #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope Prevention Program is a comprehensive approach to reducing mental health stigma, strengthening connections, improving emotional well-being, and encouraging help-seeking in our community. It includes an awareness campaign, an online evidence-based suicide prevention training, and a wellness curriculum.