Blog Posts by Laura Horne

Seeking Mental Health Services for the First Time: What You REALLY Need to Know

As the pandemic continues, a recent report from the Healthy Minds Network found that half of students screened positive for depression and/or anxiety in Fall 2020. Many with pre-existing mental health challenges may be experiencing exacerbated symptoms, while others may be struggling with maintaining positive emotional wellbeing for the first time. If so, they may…

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67% of Us Feel Like Naomi Osaka: How Should Our Culture Shift Post-COVID?

It’s a common refrain spoken in all aspects of life but especially in sports: “If you’re tired, learn to rest, not quit.” So, why wasn’t tennis pro Naomi Osaka allowed to rest? In case you haven’t been following, Osaka recently sparked a heated national conversation after announcing that she would not participate in any press…

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Mental Health Care is Not a Bad Look

One year into the pandemic, there is so much we are all hoping to put behind us once we emerge from it. However, lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that I hope is here to stay. We’re witnessing real-time innovations in digital health, for example, with mental health in particular finally being given…

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How to Take Care of Yourself in a Traumatizing Moment

Today is just a start. We’re starting a new year, but it’s clear that national traumatizing moments are not to be left behind. It is important to be informed (as a friend once said, ‘do not be willfully ignorant’), but also to maintain balance to avoid harm to ourselves. Some may wonder, what does it…

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After COVID-19: A Postvention Guide for Student-Led Responses

More than half of students say they do not know where to turn for mental health support amid the impacts of COVID-19, according to Active Minds’ nationwide Young Adult Mental Health Survey. This is concerning given that 20% report the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly worsened their mental health. After a traumatic event such as this,…

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Supporting a Healthy Campus Community during COVID-19

Insights from Healthy Campus Awardees Last month, COVID-19 left campuses scrambling to move operations online, including efforts to support the health and wellbeing of students. We recently spoke with five campuses that have earned the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award distinction to learn about how their campus teams are addressing student mental health in the…

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Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-related School Closures

Students at more than one hundred US colleges and universities are preparing to transition to online learning following notices from their schools that in-person courses are ending – either temporarily or for the foreseeable future – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of a school closure on campuses and students often goes beyond academics:…

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Why We Push On: Addressing Fall 2019 Campus Suicides

As we head toward the end of 2019, we mark the end of another semester that, sadly, brought many stories of students lost to suicide this year.  CNN and other news outlets reported in recent weeks that several college campuses have experienced multiple suicides this semester, as well as unprecedented increase in demand for mental…

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Active Minds’ Recommendations: Shaping Positive Mental Health Climates through a Peer-to-Peer Approach

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. In the year 2000, as a college freshman, Alison Malmon lost…

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More to the Story: Our Take on 13 Reasons Why S2

Disclaimer: This post provides information regarding Netflix’s popular series 13 Reasons Why. Due to triggering and graphic content, Active Minds recommends that those who choose to watch do so with a friend or family member. We also recommend avoiding S1E13 (TW: suicide) and S2E13 (TW: sexual assault). Often, we hear about mental health only after…

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