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Why get involved with Active Minds?

Among 18 – 24 year olds, the prevalence of mental illness is higher than in older adults. However, this age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. The high-stress environment of college life and being on their own for the first time makes college students especially vulnerable to developing mental health problems.

Half of all college students have had suicidal thoughts but because of the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness, many students are suffering in silence. Too often, that silence leads to tragedy. Active Minds works with students to educate entire campus communities about mental health, so students can:

  • Understand what they are going through when first experiencing symptoms;
  • Know where to get professional help on campus;
  • Know how to talk to friends they are worried about;
  • Feel supported and accepted while living with a mental health disorder.

Active Minds’ student-led chapters are the heart and soul of the organization. Chapter members raise awareness, promote positive mental health, educate peers and encourage students to reach out for help.


We can’t erase the stigma surrounding mental health disorders on our own. Discover all the ways you can support Active Minds, including donating, participating in a national awareness campaign and submitting your own story. 


Friends of Active Minds (FAM) is a network for those who want to support the work of Active Minds beyond campuses and into the wider community. FAM’s annual memberships offer exclusive access to programs and opportunities.


Support the cause by shopping the Active Minds store and showing off your gear. We have everything from tee-shirts and sweaters to tabling/promotional materials.


Active Minds is a fun place to work! We offer positions in communications, development, chapter relations and programs. Our office is located in Washington, D.C. View our current job and internship openings.



  • Jeremy Bersin from Active Minds at UConn says:

    jeremy_bersin"From the onset, I realized how exceptional the Active Minds program is. Not only does it give students a voice on campus to express themselves on mental health issues, but it also attempts to do something much, much bigger- lower the perceived shame and the definite stigma that surrounds mental health in our country."