What is the Green Bandana Project?

The Green Bandana Project is a student-led program​ designed to spread awareness of resources for those with a mental illness or struggling with a mental health crisis to promote a culture of care on our campus. When a student carries a green bandana, it indicates that they are informed with relevant resources and are able to help. All bandana carriers are trained through completion of KOGNITO training, an online simulation that builds awareness, knowledge, and skills about mental health and suicide prevention. 


Did you know...

  • Between 1000-1200 students in the U.S. will complete suicide annually
  • On average, there are 132 suicides per day 
  • Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying — and potentially treatable — mental health condition

(via American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)



Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team (JCSART): 319-335-600 (Coalition of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), emergency room staff, rape victim advocates, law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys developed to coordinate the community’s response to sexual assault. JCSART’s goal is to meet the needs of sexual assault victims as they progress through the health care and criminal justice systems.) 

Mobile Crisis Outreach Dispatch: 1-855-800-1239 (A mental health counselor is dispatched to homes, schools, emergency rooms, or public places where a mental health crisis is occurring)

24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-855-325-4296 or IowaCrisisChat.org (Trained crisis counselors are available via phone, chat, and text to support people dealing with thoughts of suicide or other mental health crises)

UCS Confidential Reporting: 319-335-7294 (Speak with and make confidential reports to Iowa’s University of Counseling Services (UCS))

National Suicide Prevention Line: 988

RAINN Confidential Sexual Assault Line: 1-800-656-4673

Trevor Project LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386

Trans Support Lifeline: 877-565-8860

UI Student Health Center: General phone: 319-335-8370, Appointments: 319-335-8394

UI Support and Crisis Line: 844-461-5420 (Call or text for 24/7 assistance)

Rape Victim Advocacy Program: 319-335-6000 (24/7 assistance)

CommUnity’s Mobile Crisis Response: 855-581-8111

Always contact 911 for immediate help.

The Green Bandana Project originated on the University of Wisconsin's campus in Madison, Wisconsin to promote a stigma-free and supportive environment.
To find out more information, go to https://www.namiuw.org/the-bandana-project.html

Fill out this new membership form and email studorg-GreenBandana@uiowa.edu and an executive member will reach out to you!

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