Testimonials

Has Active Minds made a difference in your life or had an impact on your campus?

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Franckie's Testimonial

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Franckie Echeverria from Active Minds at Columbia University says:

unnamed"Having resources like Active Minds on campus builds a strong foundation for understanding the many faces of mental health, acceptance of mental illness, and simultaneously encourages individuals to seek assistance regardless of the shame that they might feel.

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Yvonne's Testimonial

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Yvonne Gonzales from Active Minds at East Stroudsburg University says:

yvonnegonzales"Active Minds gave me the strength and power to start going to counseling. I am proud to tell people that I have a counselor and now encourage friends to go to counseling. I help them understand that even if they don't  have a mental illness, they do have mental health that needs to be cared for. 

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Samantha's Testimonial

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Samantha Nuerminger from Active Minds at University of Massachussets Amherst says: 

OnAliwuC"When I was 15, I was diagnosed with depression. It was something I kept to myself and tried to battle alone; I didn't want my classmates to know that the optimistic girl they saw in school was actually fighting severe demons.

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Ashleigh's Testimonial

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Ashleigh Morris from Active Minds at SUNY at Old Westbury says:

ashleighmorris"The chapter members took me in like I was their sister and have become my second family. They have saved my life for the better and I don't know how I am ever going to repay them.

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Markie's Testimonial

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Markie Pasternak from Active Minds at Marquette University says:

markiepasternak"One of the reasons I chose to go to Marquette University was to be a part of their five-star Active Minds Chapter. I have struggled with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder my whole life, and I wanted to speak up about mental health when I went to college.

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Jillian's Testimonial

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Jillian Baker from Active Minds at Fairleigh Dickinson University says:

jillianbaker"Having dealt with mental health issues throughout college, I learned firsthand how much misunderstanding and stigma surrounds mental illness and how that misunderstanding can lead to feelings of isolation and confusion.

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Katie's Testimonial

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Katie Kiefaber from Active Minds at the University of Delaware says:

katiekiefaber"Growing up with OCD and anxiety disorders in a family where mental health disorders were not acknowledged, I felt as though I was not 'normal' and I should be ashamed for what I was dealing with.

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Sarah's Testimonial

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Sarah Berendt from Active Minds at Lourdes University says:

sarahberendt"For the longest time, I believed that I was destined to live a life of pills, doctors and therapists to survive life with a mental illness. But through Active Minds, I have learned that I can not only survive, I can thrive.

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Ashli's Testimonial

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Ashli Haggard from Active Minds at Maryland says:

ashlihaggard"Joining Active Minds was the first time I realized there were people out there who felt like I did, and we were all going to be okay. I finally found people who understood.

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Nicole's Testimonial

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Nicole Stearman from Active Minds at Eastern Washington University says:

nicole_stearman"I was diagnosed with social anxiety and depression at the beginning of my senior year of high school. So, while all of the other seniors were enjoying their last year, I was struggling with what it meant to live with mental illness.

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Ariel's Testimonial

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Ariel Ellis from Active Minds at California State University, Chico says:

ariel_ellis"The day I discovered that Active Minds existed on my campus was the day I finally felt like there was something I could belong to. After losing a close friend to suicide in high school, I wanted to find a way to give back to the community; to use my negative experience and turn it into something positive."

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Jessica's Testimonial

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Jessica Grantham from Active Minds at Wofford College says:

jessica_grantham_-_wofford"I came to college thinking all my worries would disappear. Unfortunately I had to learn the hard way that depression does not fix itself. Being a part of Active Minds showed me that while counseling and medication are very important, a group of supportive and understanding students is also helpful and important for recovery."

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Robyn's Testimony

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Robyn Suchy from Active Minds at Cabrini College says:

url"We have successfully changed a conversation that no one was initially willing to have with us. We made an immeasurable impact on our campus and our community and it can be seen throughout the student body, the faculty, and the administration."

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TK's Testimonial

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TK Truong from Active Minds at UCLA says:

TK_Truong"There's a lot of senselessness in the world - whether it's a suicide that could have been prevented or a mental illness that you have no control over.  Active Minds helps me make sense of all this senselessness.  It's helped me make meaning from tragedy..."

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Samantha's Testimonial

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Samantha Sekulich from Active Minds at Lake Forest College says:

samantha s"I was always taught to stand up for myself regarding my mental health, but Active Minds has shown me how to stand up for mental health as a cause and it's something I will fight for the rest of my life!"

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Lucy's Testimonial

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Lucy Ingram from Active Minds at Connecticut College says:

lucy"My personal experience with mental illness in college made my realize how important it is for students to be aware of resources on campus, be educated about mental health issues, and know that they are not alone in their struggles. Active Minds has allowed students on our campus to come together to share their experiences and encourage others to do the same"

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Nicole's Testimonial

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Nicole Teitelbaum from Active Minds at Smith College says:

nicole_teitelbaum "As a survivor, leading Active Minds has proved to be my best means of recovery. By encouraging others to reach out and get the help they need, I am reminded each and every day the importance of taking care of myself."

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Darrin's Testimonial

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Darrin Ward from Active Minds at University of California-Riverside says:

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"It is so important to reach that hand out to someone when he or she is feeling down or provide an ear so someone's story can be heard.  Active Minds is more than just another student organization- it's a community of people who are dedicated to mental health outreach."

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Mika's Testimonial

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Mika Moriwaki from Active Minds at University of Wyoming says:

mika_moriwaki_-_wyoming"Active Minds provides us the place to get together, take action, and make the actual difference in our community... And all of us have the responsibility to show the way to make the better community to the next generation."

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  • Lauren Lawler from Active Minds at Florida Institute of Technology says:

    lauren_lawler_-_fit"Instantly, I was drawn to Active Minds. The message was so positive and straight forward that I could not wait to sign up...I am thrilled to be part of an organization where people come together to break the negative stigma associated with mental health and will forever hold Active Minds near to my heart."