position statements

Active Minds’ position statements guide our approach to education and programs, and reflect our recommendations regarding student mental health. The recommendations are developed in partnership with students, administrators, and other key campus stakeholders.

Recommendations to Shape a Positive Mental Health Climate on College Campuses with and through Peer-to-Peer Networks

Oct 1, 2019

Summary: One of the most important factors in terms of a student’s decision to seek help is campus climate. Students are uniquely positioned to have direct and immediate effects on their peers’ perceptions of mental health issues and their likelihood to access mental health services.

Recommendations for Leave of Absence and Return from Absence Policies for Mental Health Concerns at Higher Education Institutions

May 1, 2017

Summary: In general, an institution’s policy for leave of absence for mental health reasons should be lawful, flexible, easy to understand, and on par with leave of absence policies for medical/physical health reasons.

Recommendations to Empower the Student Voice in Campus Mental Health Decisions

October 1, 2017

Summary: Stronger campus communities result when students are involved in mental health policy decisions and programs that affect them. Research demonstrates that student involvement increases awareness and usage of campus health services; generates new solutions and favorable long-term results; and increases student academic performance and retention.