Each year, Active Minds’ 16,000 student leaders impact 8 million young adults with programs, campus policy changes, and advocacy efforts to change the culture around mental health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most are transitioning to online learning — but our mental health advocacy efforts do not have to stop!
We need your help: join Active Minds in supporting your campus communities during this time of physical distancing.
For a limited time, Active Minds is opening our exclusive National Chapter Network resources to young adults, students, and related groups of all types to learn how to be there for your peers in these difficult transitions and new remote learning situations.
We hope you will take advantage of these live opportunities to learn tips and tools for online mental health advocacy.
Mental Health Advocacy in an Era of Physical Distancing
Thanks to our partner, just., ALL STUDENTS are invited to join the Active Minds Slack Network. Chat with student leaders about promoting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schedule a video call with Active Minds National staff to talk about ways you can be engaging your peers.
Each year, Active Minds Chapters directly reach 500,000 people through our programs. Consider these ways to continue your work while social distancing in remote learning situations:
We all need to be part of the solution to this pandemic, so follow the advice of experts and keep your physical distance.
However, social connection is vital to mental wellness, so find new ways to keep connected!
→ Virtual trivia nights
→ Group Netflix screenings
→ Photo or social media graphics challenges
→ Virtual fitness classes
→ Tik Tok face-offs
→ Crafting tutorials
→ Instagram Story games
→ Bob Ross virtual paint night
→ Virtual coffee, lunch, or dinner “meet-ups”
→ Group check-ins or meditations
A recent RAND Corporation Study showed that the presence of an Active Minds Chapter on campus measurably improved a student’s help-seeking behavior. Don’t let that progress slide!
Active Minds is rapidly providing our network with modified programs and services to support their peers and now-distanced campus communities at a time where this is needed more than ever. Help us support them with an urgent contribution today.Support Active Minds Right Now
Social connection is vital for mental wellness. If you know someone who is struggling, consider using the V-A-R conversation guide to listen in a way that let’s the person know they’re being heard and they’re not alone.
Let them know what they’re feeling is okay and that you believe them. Validation sounds like…
Speaking up can be a challenging step — let them know it’s a good one. Also show you’re there to support them. Affirmation sounds like…
Let them know help is available and refer them to appropriate resources. Refer sounds like…
If you are worried that someone may be considering suicide, find support immediately by texting “BRAVE” to 741-741. Stay connected with them until they are safe.