Conversations around health and wellness topics can be complicated, especially as parents and caregivers navigate new territory with their students who are spending the academic year on campus and potentially far from home. The online resources below can offer support for starting and maintaining communication around important health and wellness issues with students.
College Drinking: a resource created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
Go Ask Alice! at Columbia University: A team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers answer questions from college and high school students, parents, teachers, professionals, older adults, and others, on every conceivable health topic.
The Jed Foundation: an organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students.
MyStudentBody: a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk of drug and alcohol abuse and sexual violence among college students, engaging students and parents in effective, evidence-based prevention.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.: a resource on addiction and recovery with a specific page for parents.
National Eating Disorders Association: a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: A national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: anti-sexual violence organization which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country.
Transition Year: an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.