What is the Bandana Project

The Bandana project started at UW-Madison’s campus with the goals of helping end the stigma behind mental illness and providing students who are struggling with mental health resource information. This has extended to other campuses, including right here on The Hill

How do I get resource cards?

If you would like a mental health resource card, all you have to do is approach anyone with a green bandana on their backpack and ask for one. They will be able to supply you with one, explain the resources, and talk openly about mental health if you would like.

How do I become a Bandana Project Team Member?

If you want to join our team, all you have to do is fill out this form. (Hyperlink: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcCHrqJ6lFGUpAmSFzvwiBZWOGDmDNLibOrB1nTkTkLX7h6A/viewform?usp=sf_link) You will be asked to complete a one-time hour long training, offered once a month, and at the training you will receive resource cards and a bandana. As a member with a bandana on your backpack, you stand as both a reference to resources, as well as a quiet support for all who are struggling.


There is a high prevalence of mental illness, mental health distress and crisis, as well as suicide in college students just like you and me. This project is to provide resources for others and stand in quiet solidarity for those who are struggling. By joining the project, you are helping to end the stigma behind mental illness and receiving support as well as being a reference to connect others to resources. Ultimately, this will spread to helping college students everywhere, as this project goes beyond St. Olaf. Together, we can make a difference, one lime green bandana at a time.