Improving mental health services

Donations to All In 2022 are already making an impact on mental health services for K-Staters. Thank you to the 1,200+ donors who are improving the well-being of students.

$600,389 raised to help K-Staters

From a new app that delivers 24/7 teletherapy to suicide prevention training, your All In donations are already hard at work.

Each year’s All In project promotes student success from a different angle.

Increasing access

A top priority of raising funds for mental health services was to deliver 24/7 teletherapy services for all K-State students.

By partnering with the University of Kansas, K-State competitively bid for this service and contracted a rate that saves $75,000 a year. The three-year contract brings free teletherapy to students at all four K-State campuses: Manhattan, Salina, Olathe and online.

The My Student Support Program (My SSP) uses phone, video and chat technology to connect with students. Here’s why it’s a big step forward: 

  • No appointments needed. Real-time support is available 24/7 via phone and chat.
  • Connect anytime, from anywhere. Access My SSP resources and services 24/7 via phone, app and web.
  • Multilingual support. Counselors available 24/7 speak Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Spanish and English. Other languages may be available by appointment.
  • Match with experienced professionals. Counselors have experience dealing with the unique challenges faced by students.
  • Multiple session support. Call in to schedule an appointment for short-term sessions with a dedicated counselor via phone or video.
  • Shared identities. Students can connect with counselors with similar backgrounds or identities.
  • Free and confidential. K-Staters get support at no charge. Info is kept confidential within the limits of the law.
my ssp app

Explore more capabilities in the app you’ve helped make possible, created by K-State’s partner, My SSP

Reducing stigma

All In donors helped expand the Bandana Project, a suicide awareness program that teaches people how to lean in and help K-Staters who are struggling. Trained students learn how to immediately connect students in crisis with campus resources.

When people display their green bandanas — tied on a backpack, tucked into a pocket — it’s a powerful symbol that they are allies when it comes to suicide and mental health awareness.

K-State is helping this movement grow. Universities in neighboring states reach out to K-State to learn how to start this powerful program on their own campuses.

green bandana tied to backpack

Green bandana training


Students trained in the two months after All In


Students trained since 2021


Faculty members trained since 2021

The Bandana Project gives our K-State community a way to advocate for mental health, suicide awareness and emotional well-being. It gives people confidence to reach out to those who may be struggling — and it reinforces that we’re all here for each other.”

Chris Bowman, director of the Morrison Family Center for Student Well-Being
See how one person can break down the stigma — and compel others to seek help.

Looking forward

All In keeps K-State on the leading edge. Donor-funded professional development has trained K-State therapists on emerging approaches like these:

Helping students on the autism spectrum transition to college

Students on the spectrum may struggle developing friendships or finding a variety of things they’re interested in. Based on research showing how tabletop role-playing games help students interact and collaborate, K-State plans to initiate a Dungeons and Therapy group — based on the Dungeons and Dragons game — later this year for people with social deficits.

New strategies for enriching group training

Staffers will attend AGPA Connect, a conference by the American Group Psychotherapy Association. They’ll bring back new ideas for expanding K-State’s group therapy options, which serve groups ranging from grad students to LGBTQ K-Staters to people who have experienced trauma. The conference spotlights up-and-coming approaches to make therapy sessions more dynamic and effective.

New intensive trauma treatment in single-session therapy models

The expectation is that it takes weeks of therapy — if not months or years — to resolve trauma issues. But this new approach yields some fast results up front. From AGPA, K-State therapists learned how to increase the potency of trauma interventions in a single session.

For students on the spectrum, college is a big shift. Maybe they’re going to struggle developing friendships with people, having social connections or finding a variety of things they’re interested in.”

Kodee Walls, assistant director, Counseling and Psychological Services
three students talk on campus

By the numbers

1st time

For specialized training on working with students on the spectrum


Of K-State clinicians received training

Support this year’s All In for K-State

Your support of All In for K-State is helping thousands of students. Mark your calendar for March 22, 2023, when the K-State family will go All In for K-State again!