Category: Mental Health Awareness Month

Green Bandana Project at MTU

The Bandana Project was founded on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in 2016. The Green Bandana project is a simple – yet innovative suicide prevention campaign and mental health awareness movement that uses backpacks and bandanas to support peers.

What exactly is the Green Bandana Project?

  • Spreading awareness and resources for those with mental health illnesses
  • Ending the stigma around mental health
  • Being an advocate and reinforcing solidarity #letstalkaboutit

Members tie a green bandana to their backpacks to signify they are in possession of region-specific and national resources (shown below). Members pledge to support the mental health of individuals and reject the stigma associated with mental illness. The Green Bandana project normalizes and de-stigmatizes getting help while providing invaluable, unspoken solidarity with those struggling.

The Pledge:

  • I will listen if you need someone to talk to.
  • I will talk to someone if I need to be listened to.
  • I will help you find someone to talk to if you need more support.
  • I will find someone to talk to if I need more support.
  • I will be accepting. I will be honest.
  • I will see a person in need of support, and not just their challenges.
  • With this pledge, I am declaring support for those dealing with depression and/or anxiety. You can talk to me. I want to help. You are way too important to feel alone today.

You are responsible for:

  • Handing out resource cards and explaining what they are
  • Wearing the bandana

You are NOT responsible for:

  • Providing mental health counseling
  • Putting yourself or others at risk in a mental health situation

Where to get a Green Bandana:

  • HuskyFan (Fisher Hall – across from 136)
  • The 3rd floor of the Admin (The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being)
  • Admin 234