For years, mental health has been a growing issue among students. Even before the pandemic, research showed a rise in mental health issues among students over the past decade. And among BIPOC students this increase was even more pronounced. Experts and research predict that mental health challenges will continue to rise this fall, and will almost certainly be exacerbated for BIPOC students who are disproportionately harmed by the pandemic, police violence, and racial discrimination. What’s more, these students are less likely to receive mental health support than white students.
Right now, we can – and must – prioritize BIPOC student wellbeing.
Beginning this fall 2020 semester, Active Minds is calling on mental health advocates to help establish a campus culture of caring and support for BIPOC students nationwide.
CALL TO ACTION:
From now until November 15, partner with multicultural offices and student groups to advocate for at least one of the following changes on your campus:
- In the Counseling Center: Advocate for investment in telehealth, drop-in counseling, and support groups.
- In the Classroom: Ask educators to share mental health resources with their classes.
- In Conversation: Advocate for cultural competency training for faculty and staff.
- In the Strategic Plan: Advocate for mental health and equity or inclusion language in your institution’s strategic plan.
To get involved visit activeminds.org/yourvoice for more resources.
Report how you participated in the Fall Chapter Inventory (Nov. 16), and you will be eligible for a chance to win FREE swag and mental health resources for your chapter and major shout-outs on Active Minds’ social media platforms. ALL participating chapters get the honor and benefit of leaving a lasting legacy on their campuses that will support not only current students but future generations to come.
Take advantage of the national Active Minds network for support by signing up for text alerts from Active Minds, joining the Active Minds Student Slack Network, attending our monthly chapter chats, and/or schedule FREE office hours with Active Minds staff here.
The time for change is now, and your voice is your power.
Let’s get to work!