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Jenny Peek and Kate Prengaman reported this story with other journalism students in a UW-Madison class taught by Professor Deborah Blum, in collaboration with the nonprofit, nonpartisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium, which includes Midwestern university journalism professors and students working on news projects in the public interest. The Consortium is supported by a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Read the IJEC consortium stories
Main story: Gaps persist in campus mental health services

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Explore data on mental health services across the UW System

If you’re in crisis, call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Español: 1-888-628-9454

Veterans crisis line
1-800-273-TALK (8255): Press 1
Or text to 838255
Or chat confidentially on the crisis line website

UW-Madison’s 24-hour mental health crisis line: 608-265-5600

Campus resources

Interactive map with links and summaries of University of Wisconsin counseling centers.

UW-Madison chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Active Minds
Chapters exist at Marquette University, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Parkside and Carthage College.

Supporting Peers in Laidback Listening (SPILL)
Chapters exist at UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater.

Off-campus organizations and links

National Institute of Mental Health

NAMI Wisconsin

Mental Health America of Wisconsin
Milwaukee office:
414-276-3122 or toll-free 866-948-6483
Madison office:

Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide (HOPES)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: mental health and substance abuse programs

Prior mental health coverage from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

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