Blog Posts by Active Minds

Protecting Your Mental Health Following the Recent Supreme Court Rulings

Doomscrolling: the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there was likely at least one time you recognized yourself getting deeper and deeper into scary or upsetting news, but were unable to pull yourself away. That makes sense –…

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Meet Active Minds’ Summer 2022 Interns!

Welcome to our amazing group of summer 2022 interns! We’re so excited to work with them to continue changing the conversation around mental health. Sofia Alvarez 1. Where are you from? I’m from Newark, DE. 2. Where do you (or did you) go to school? What do you study? I am a rising junior at…

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Jorge Alvarez, Former Active Minds Chapter Leader, Shared His Story at the White House

The Mental Health Youth Action Forum, hosted for the first time in 2022 and taking place at the White House, was a time for the next generation of mental health advocates to gather and share their experiences, perspectives, and solutions regarding mental health. Jorge Alvarez, whose advocacy through social media and on-campus as an Active…

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Active Minds Speaker Diana Chao Shares Her Mental Health Story with Dr. Jill Biden, Selena Gomez, and the U.S. Surgeon General

Diana Chao, Active Minds Speaker, was one of a select group of young adult mental health leaders chosen to take part in the inaugural Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House. A first-generation Chinese-American immigrant and graduate of Princeton University, Diana has candidly spoken about her own experiences with mental health, including bipolar…

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Active Minds Participates in White House Mental Health Event

MTV Entertainment, in collaboration with a group of leading mental health nonprofits including Active Minds, hosted the first Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House. Five of the thirty youth mental health leaders in attendance are affiliated with Active Minds, including Jorge Alvarez and Diana Chao, who were chosen to participate in a…

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Trauma Prevention Is Mental Health

Now more than ever, we’re seeing investments in mental health: from colleges and universities prioritizing the expansion of resources, to corporations supporting further research, to President Biden addressing the youth mental health crisis head-on at the State of the Union. As we continue to focus on mental health in the way it deserves, we must…

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Championing Mental Health Equity Through Education Access – Congratulations to Our 2022 Awardees!

As we continue to explore innovative ways of improving equitable mental health access and treatment, we know one major way we can help is by supporting young adults from all backgrounds and identities in their mental health-related studies. Mental health professions are broader than you may think – it includes historically recognized practices such as…

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This Mental Health Month, Explore the New CALM Microaggression Repair Tool

At one time or another, we’ve all said the wrong thing. Despite best intentions, anyone can commit a microaggression. Embedded in our culture, institutions, and interactions, these systems can become part of our thinking without us even realizing it.  When we use words or actions to create harm against stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups, such…

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We Asked Students About Their Mental Health Throughout the Pandemic. Here’s What We Learned:

As schools near the end of the fifth semester during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that students are struggling while staff and administrators look for ways to best support their mental health. To learn more about what this support could look like, we’d like to share two perspectives from our Active Minds students. Kelly Maguire…

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“Active Minds and All of Us: Using Data to Support Mental Health” Webinar Recap

Mental health research can be life-changing. It allows us to predict factors that can affect mental health outcomes, appropriately explain conditions and their complexities, and understand strategies to improve, treat, and manage those conditions.  Unfortunately, mental health research has not always been inclusive. Historically, most study participants were middle-aged white men. What impact does a…

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