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What is Mental Health?


We all have mental health.  Many people experience stress from the normal ups and downs of life and for some people these symptoms are more severe. When conditions are more severe, they are referred to as mental illness and include depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and others which may require treatment and support.

At Active Minds we help students, their families, and communities understand that mental illness is common and that recovery is possible. Because mental illnesses are widely misunderstood, people often hide their conditions from friends, coworkers, and loved ones to avoid embarrassing questions or reactions.  Active Minds helps make those conversations easier through education and awareness. Remember, you are not alone and there are many resources available that most people don’t know about.

Reach out to those around you with compassion, empathy and understanding and never be afraid to ask for help.

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  • Brandy Hunter from Active Minds at University of Memphis says:

    brandy_hunter_-_u_of_memphis"Words can’t express the impact that Active Minds has had on me personally and professionally...I have learned to work with a wide range of people, and I have learned more about mental health issues in the past two years than I believe I ever would have if I hadn’t become a member of Active Minds. Most of all, my work with Active Minds has enabled me to openly discuss my own mental health issues."